Factors determining dry deposition of total mercury and organic carbon in house dust of residents of the Tri-city and the surrounding area (Baltic Sea coast)

Kinga Wiśniewska , Anita Lewandowska , Agnieszka Witkowska


The purpose of this study was to find out what factors determine the deposition levels of mercury and organic carbon in household dust in the Tri-city region (southern Baltic Sea coast). Analyses were performed on samples collected over the period of 2 years, from 2013 to 2015, always in the heating season. The deposition of organic carbon was between 4and 210 mg m−2 month−1, while mercury deposition ranged from 4 to 1336 ng m−2 month−1. Deposition of mercury in household dust during the heating season was three times lower and deposition of organic carbon one and a half times lower than outdoor deposition obtained in the Baltic Sea region by other researchers. In the non-heating period, deposition of mercury in household dust was similar to outdoor deposition while deposition of OC was one and a half times higher. Both of the analyzed dust components reached higher deposition in rural areas than in cities, and both mercury and organic carbon were found to have higher deposition in single-family houses than in buildings housing several families. The increased level of OC was conditioned by the vicinity of the building to a road or street with a high level of traffic, and dust collected on the ground floor had higher Hg depositions. The presence of plants and pets, as well as smoking more than ten cigarettes per day, resulted in higher depositions of both the compounds present in household dust within the Tri-city region.
Author Kinga Wiśniewska (FOG / IO)
Kinga Wiśniewska,,
- Institute of Oceanography
, Anita Lewandowska (FOG / IO / DMChEP)
Anita Lewandowska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Agnieszka Witkowska (FOG / IO / DMChEP)
Agnieszka Witkowska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
Journal seriesAir Quality Atmosphere and Health, ISSN 1873-9318, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Englishmercury, carbon, deposition, household dust, Tri-City, Poland
ASJC Classification2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 1902 Atmospheric Science; 2310 Pollution
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-017-0471-2
Languageen angielski
LicenseOther; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)25
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.271; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.662 (2) - 2017=3.004 (5)
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