Project Title

Biomonitoring Techniques to Evaluate Air Pollution Impacts in Urban and Built-Up Communities

Academic department under which the project should be listed

SPCEET - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Sponsor Name

Roneisha Worthy

Abstract (300 words maximum)

A study relating air quality with lichens was conducted at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta Campus. The aim is to determine the level of pollution in the area where several industrial sites are located. Four areas around the KSU-Marietta campus were selected and they consist of nine trees. The pH values of each host at a height of 1 m and 2 m above the ground were collected. Each tree was selected according to the geographical position such as near to a road, hill, forest reserve, body of water, disc golf course and students’ residences. The locations were recorded using Geographical Positioning Systems and all data were entered in a geographical information system. A lichen score was developed for each location and air quality was determined by the total lichen score in each quadrant. The results of the experiment will allow us to determine the overall regional pollution levels based on tree location and lichen score.

Disciplines

Climate | Environmental Engineering | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Monitoring | Hydrology | Water Resource Management

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Biomonitoring Techniques to Evaluate Air Pollution Impacts in Urban and Built-Up Communities

A study relating air quality with lichens was conducted at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta Campus. The aim is to determine the level of pollution in the area where several industrial sites are located. Four areas around the KSU-Marietta campus were selected and they consist of nine trees. The pH values of each host at a height of 1 m and 2 m above the ground were collected. Each tree was selected according to the geographical position such as near to a road, hill, forest reserve, body of water, disc golf course and students’ residences. The locations were recorded using Geographical Positioning Systems and all data were entered in a geographical information system. A lichen score was developed for each location and air quality was determined by the total lichen score in each quadrant. The results of the experiment will allow us to determine the overall regional pollution levels based on tree location and lichen score.

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