Air Pollution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A Study in Suspended Particulate Matter

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This is a study in three phases concerning the transportation, concentration and distribution of suspended particulate matter and its relationship to the atmospheric parameters affecting Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Compared to other cities of its size in the nation, Tuscaloosa rated in the 67th percentile of suspended particulate concentration with a yearly average of 97.93 ug/m^3 . Intracity variations in suspended particulates, benzene soluble organics, nitrate and sulfate concentrations were found, as well as monthly variations due to topography, wind direction, increases in precipitation and a combination of other atmospheric parameters. Direct relationships were discovered between diurnal temperature ranges, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind direction and suspended particulate matter. The hypothesis of possible modification of climate by air pollution (suspended particulate matter) is presented with facts concerning higher temperatures and increased rainfall in locations of high suspended particulate concentrations.

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Atmospheric research, Air--Pollution--Research--United States