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Spatial and Temporal Variance of Bi-hourly Grass Pollen Concentrations in the Local Surroundings of Worcester, UK

Frisk, Carl A. ORCID:, Apangu, Godfrey ORCID:, Petch, Geoffrey, Adams-Groom, Beverley ORCID: and Skjøth, C. ORCID: (2018) Spatial and Temporal Variance of Bi-hourly Grass Pollen Concentrations in the Local Surroundings of Worcester, UK. In: 11th International Congress on Aerobiology, 3rd - 7th September 2018, Parma, Italy. (Unpublished)


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Grass pollen is the most important aeroallergen worldwide and the health outcome among sensitive individuals is closely related to exposure. It has been argued that grass pollen concentrations can be expected to vary substantially within the urban environment, partly due to source distribution and partly due to dispersion and deposition mechanisms. Most studies conducted on local spatial and temporal variance of pollen concentrations are from one season. Only a few studies include multiple seasons and the results are inconclusive. The patterns and factors responsible for local spatial and temporal pollen variance are still largely unknown. Bi-hourly pollen data provides finer temporal resolution than the standardized daily data otherwise used. Bi-hourly data collected from two sampling sites are used to investigate local spatial and temporal patterns of grass pollen concentrations in Worcester.
Grass pollen was sampled from two locations in Worcester during the years 2016 and 2017 using a Burkard sampler. Daily and bi-hourly grass pollen concentrations were investigated for temporal and spatial variance using statistical methods by comparing years and locations. The investigation is being repeated for the year 2018.
Preliminary results from 2016 and 2017 suggest that there is a high spatial correlation for the bi-hourly concentrations in 2016 but not in 2017. In 2016, all recorded peaks except one coincide with a corresponding peak. In 2017, the highest peak coincided with a corresponding peak but the rest of the data did not. Results from 2018 are currently unknown.
Spatial and temporal variance in grass pollen concentrations fluctuates between years and locations. Peak concentrations tend to have the highest correlations compared to low concentrations. The results show that at least two years of data are needed to establish potential autocorrelation between nearby sites. Future work needs to include longer time-series, more locations and local grass source maps to understand key underlying factors of localized grass pollen concentrations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: grass pollen, local spatial variance, bi-hourly pollen data
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QK Botany
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Carl Frisk
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2019 08:02
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2020 04:00

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