Assessment of ambient air pollution in the Waterberg Priority Area 2012-2015

  • G.T. Feig Now at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • S. Naidoo Now at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • N. Ncgukana South African Weather Service, 442 Rigel Ave South, Erasmusrand, Pretoria, South Africa
Keywords: Waterberg Priority Area, Air Pollution, PM10, PM2.5, SO2, O3


The Waterberg Priority Area ambient air quality monitoring network was established in 2012 to monitor the ambient air quality in the Waterberg Air Quality Priority Area. Three monitoring stations were established in Lephalale, Thabazimbi and Mokopane. The monitoring stations measure the concentrations of PM10, PM2.5, SO2, NOx, CO, O3, BTEX and meteorological parameters. Hourly data for a 31 month period (October 2012-April 2015) was obtained from the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) and analysed to assess patterns in atmospheric concentrations, including seasonal and diurnal patterns of the ambient concentrations and to assess the impacts that such reported pollution concentration may have. Local source regions for SO2, PM10, PM2.5 and O3 were identified and trends in the recorded concentrations are discussed.

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