Abstract by Alyssa Pope
Understanding health concerns from dust through fine particulate matter sampling of PM10, PM2.5, and TSP in Provo, UT
Dust storms can create unique and hazardous air quality conditions in the Wasatch Front. Air samplers were used to asses the affect of dust on air quality and identify potential dust sources. The abundance of numerous trace metals in dust were analyzed in Provo, UT using three different dust samplers on the roof of the Eyring Science Center building. The filtering used for particulate matter sampling were PM10, PM2.5, and TSP (total suspended particles). Observing the concentrations of various trace metals can be useful in determining air quality of a given area and in addressing possible health risks from poor air quality. The dust collected was analyzed for concentration of trace metals through acid leachate processes, and ICP-MS methods were used in determining isotopic concentrations.