Source Apportionment of Air Pollution: A Case Study In Malaysia

Azid, Azman and Juahir, Hafizan and Toriman, Mohd Ekhwan and Endut, Azizah and Kamarudin, Mohd Khairul Amri and Abd Rahman, Mohd Nordin (2015) Source Apportionment of Air Pollution: A Case Study In Malaysia. Jurnal Teknologi, 72 (1). pp. 83-88. ISSN 0127–9696

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Abstract

Air pollution is becoming a major environmental issue in Malaysia. This study focused on the identification of potential sources of variations in air quality around the study area based on the data obtained from the Malaysian Department of Environment (DOE). Eight air quality parameters in ten monitoring stations for seven years (2006 – 2012) were gathered. The Principal Component Analysis (PCA) method from chemometric technique was applied to identify the source identification of pollution around the study area. The PCA method has identified methane (CH4), non-methane hydrocarbon (NmHC), total hydrocarbon (THC), ozone (O3) and particulate matter under 10 microns (PM10) are the most significant parameters around the study area. From the study, it can be concluded that the application of the PCA method in chemometric techniques can be applied for the source apportionment purpose. Hence, this study indicated that for the future and effective management of the Malaysian air quality, an effort should be placed as a priority in controlling point and non-point pollution sources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Air pollution; principal component analysis; chemometric; source apportionment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Faculty / Institute: East Coast Environmental Research Institute (ESERI)
Depositing User: Dr Azman Azid
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2015 01:08
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2015 00:00
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3238

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