Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in the Middle East: Toxicity, trans-boundary transport, and influence of synoptic conditions

Yigal Erel*, O. Tirosh, N. Kessler, U. Dayan, S. Belkin, M. Stein, A. Sandler, J. J. Schauer

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Abstract

The Middle East is one of the regions in the world where relatively high concentrations of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) have been detected frequently. It has been suggested that PM levels in the Middle East are present at levels that lead to adverse health effects and to poor visibility. In the current study, we summarize results published by our group over the last decade and introduce new data which demonstrate the extent of trans-boundary PM transport, and the fact that synoptic conditions control its chemical and mineralogical composition and might also affect its toxicity.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMedical Geochemistry
Subtitle of host publicationGeological Materials and Health
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages31-46
Number of pages16
Volume9789400743724
ISBN (Electronic)9789400743724
ISBN (Print)9400743718, 9789400743717
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2013

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Keywords

  • Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM)
  • Genetically engineered bacterial reporter
  • Toxicity
  • Trace metals
  • Trans-boundary transport

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