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The influence of fireworks on the amount of aerosols.
Student(s):Sanne Streekstra Sander de Beet Eva Janssen Rozemarijn van den Born
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
Contributors:Joost Wesseling Hester Volten Leah Williams
Date Submitted: 02/14/2018
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Our main research question is about the subject aerosols. Aerosols are little pieces dust or parcels, for example soot and water droplets. They are present at all the levels of the air up to the ozone layer. If they are in the bottom layer of the atmosphere, they can cause breathing problems. In that context, they are also known as particulate matter content. The number of aerosols is phrased in AOT. We will measure the AOT with a device called Calitoo, it is a sun photometer. We will compare our measurements with data from satellites.
he health effects of aerosols consist of short-term acute symptoms, such as asthma and bronchitis, and long-term chronic irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract.
It is known that particulate matter content is increased by the fireworks during New Year's Eve. We don't know if this influences the AOT. When fireworks explode, a lot of particulate matter is released. The size of the air pollution from the fireworks particles in the air depends on the weather conditions. The high number of particles in the air will disappear rather quickly, they mostly do not last long.