Spatio-Temporal Study of Criteria Pollutants in Nigerian City

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L. C. Anyika
C. O. Alisa
A. U. Nkwoada
A. I. Opara
E. N. Ejike
G. N. Onuoha


Aims: An investigation of characteristic long term air pollutants known for temporal and spatial behaviors was conducted due to increased pollution scenarios in Nigerian cities as a result of deprived environmental enforcement of statutory obligations.

Study Design: One of the worlds’ most polluted cities (Onitsha lower basin) in Nigeria was selected for spatio-temporal study of three criteria pollutants combined with GIS and MATLAB alongside associated meteorological conditions during harmattan.

Methodology: 72-hourly analyses of the nine different locations having 4 sampling sites and 500 meters apart were done from December to February which generated over 19, 440 experimental data per quarter of each annual study.

Results: Upper Iweka/Nitel area recorded the highest concentration of SO2 pollutant at (94.2 µg/m3) due to longer residence times and low wind mixing height. Borromeo hospital showed the least active NO2 region but converges at points 1 due to North-east wind dissimilar to sampling points 1 having the lowest PM10 distribution. Measured temperature parameter correlates inversely with relative humidity and precipitation. The GIS spatial representation corresponded to temporal variability of gaseous and particulate pollutants.

Conclusion: All sampled areas had AQI above 50; hence the study identified SO2, NO2, and PM10 as Primary pollutants of Onitsha lower basin.

Air quality, GIS, harmattan, MATLAB, seasonal variations, air Pollutants, meteorology

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Anyika, L. C., Alisa, C. O., Nkwoada, A. U., Opara, A. I., Ejike, E. N., & Onuoha, G. N. (2020). Spatio-Temporal Study of Criteria Pollutants in Nigerian City. Asian Journal of Applied Chemistry Research, 6(3), 1-13.
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