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Air Quality Research: Comparing PM2.5 in Two Sites in New York State

Using home-made and industrial air quality monitors, we compared the levels of particulate matter in two locations: upstate NY and Manhattan.


Jason Marte


Stephanie Marcellino, Robert Frawley

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Particulate Matter (PM) is the term for atmospheric particles of solid or liquid matter suspended in the air. PM can be detrimental to human health, specifically PM with a diameter of roughly 2.5μm (PM2.5). These particles come from various different places such as construction activities, traffic, and fires. I began researching this as a Bronx resident but now reside in Orange County.

In this project I will be observing PM measurements from 4 monitors across New York State to determine the level of PM.

RESEARCH QUESTION: What is the difference between the air pollution measured in PM 2.5 in New York City (Manhattan, Harlem) and PM2.5 in upstate NY (Middletown, Orange County)?

This page was originally developed by BioBus Summer 2021 Jr. Scientist William Rhee.

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