Monitoring particulate matter concentrations with passive samplers: Application to the Greater Thessaloniki area

Marc J. Assael, Dimitris Melas, Konstantinos Kakosimos

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Modern European cities are characterized by high particulate matter (PM) concentrations. Unfortunately, the number of stations monitoring air pollution, especially PM, is never sufficient for the overall representation of the problem. In the present work, an inexpensive outdoor passive sampler (based on an indoor passive sampler) was developed and assembled in an effort to provide the means to extend current PM monitoring networks. The uncertainty of the sampler was tested in vitro and in vivo. Twenty such outdoor passive samplers were assembled and installed at specific locations in the Greater Thessaloniki Area and measurements of PM were carried out. The results were in good agreement with the official monitoring stations. In addition, they revealed the aggravated air quality in the center of the city and in the west suburbs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-408
Number of pages14
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Air pollution
  • Monitoring network
  • Particulate matter
  • Passive sampler
  • Thessaloniki

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology

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