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Effect of Height on Pollen Sampling in Relation to Pollen Exposure at Ground Level

Rojo, J., Oteros, J., Pérez-Badia, R., Adams-Groom, Beverley ORCID:, Albertini, R., Alcázar, P., Apangu, Godfrey ORCID:, Bergmann, K-C., Berra, D., Bonini, M., Borycka, K., Caeiro, E., Calderon Ezquerro, M.D., Celenk, S., Cervigón, P., Chiodini, E., Cislaghi, G., Colombo, P., Damialis, T., Dellavedova, S., Ferencova, Z., Fernández-González, D., Fernández-Rodríguez, S., Frisk, Carl A. ORCID:, Galán, C., Garcia, J., Gutiérrez-Bustillo, A.M., Haring, F., Kasprzyk, I., Magyar, D., Makra, L., Myszkowska, D., Newbigin, E., Oliver, G., Pessi, A.M., Radišić, P., Reiniharju, J., Ribeiro, H., Rodriguez-De la Cruz, D., Saarto, A., Sánchez-Reyes, E., Sánchez-Sánchez, J., Severova, E., Šikoparija, B., Skjøth, C. ORCID:, Thibaudon, M., Tormo-Molina, R., Traidl-Hoffmann, C., Trigo, M., Udvardy, O., Schmidt-Weber, C. and Buters, J. (2018) Effect of Height on Pollen Sampling in Relation to Pollen Exposure at Ground Level. In: International Congress on Aerobiology, 3 - 7 September 2018, Parma, Italy. (Unpublished)

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Pollen monitoring networks around the world are mainly based on rooftop-located stations on buildings. Thus, measured airborne pollen levels could be different from ground level, where most allergic individual reside. Until now, the effects of height of sampling on pollen concentration are not well documented. The aim of this meta-analysis was to analyse these effects using a large number of twin sampling stations.
Pollen data from 45 twin-stations Hirst-type volumetric spore traps were analyzed, with a maximum distance of 5km between the twin traps, from 25 different locations. To compare the effect of height, the mean of the daily ratio of the amounts of pollen registrered at different heights was used. The values of the lowest station were divided by the higher station. Stations between 1.5m and 50 agl were considered.
The results showed that the traps at lower height registered generally higher pollen concentration (average pollen ratio higher than 1), although the behaviour of the ratio differed per pollen type. For instance, both Poaceae and Betula showed that as the height differenc eincreased, the pollen ratio was higher up to a certain height difference when the ratio stabilizes (around 1.5). On the other hand, the standard deviation of the pollen ratio was greater for the traps closer to ground level. Therefore the height difference is a factor which explains the pollen ratio in conjunction with other variables such as the minimum height of the lower trap or the distance between the spore traps.
These findings are highly relevant to clinical practice, as the relationship between pollen exposure at ground level and monitored airborne pollen concentrations at roof-top elvel are determined. Thus, the optimal pollen monitoring height could be optimized based on these results

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: vertical differences, height above ground level, pollen ratio
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
Depositing User: Carsten Skjoth
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 12:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2020 04:00

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