Indoor:Outdoor ratios of pollutants

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Indoor/outdoor ratios of pollutants calculated based on the measured concentrations in indoor and outdoor (or ambient) air. Data is provided for several European countries for VOCs and particles and in both public places and in homes.



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  1. Josef Cyrys, Mike Pitz, Wolfgang Bischof, H-Erich Wichmann and Joachim Heinrich. Relationship between indoor and outdoor levels of fine particle mass, particle number concentrations and black smoke under different ventilation condition. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology (2004) 14, 275–283.
  2. Hakan Pekey & Demet Arslanbaş. The Relationship Between Indoor, Outdoor and Personal VOC Concentrations in Homes, Offices and Schools in the Metropolitan Region of Kocaeli, Turkey. Water Air Soil Pollut (2008) 191:113–129.
  3. NOMIRACLE. D. 2.2.5 Assessment of the (source-dependent) indoor/outdoor ratios of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  4. Otmar Geiss, Georgios Giannopoulos, Salvatore Tirendi, Josefa Barrero-Moreno, Bo R. Larsen, Dimitrios Kotzias. The AIRMEX study - VOC measurements in public buildings and schools/kindergartens in eleven European cities: Statistical analysis of the data. Atmospheric Environment 45 (2011) 3676-3684.
  5. Thomas Götschi, Lucy Oglesby, Patrick Mathys, Christian Monn, Nikos Manalis, Kimmo Koistinen, Matti Jantunen, Otto Hänninen, Liba Polanska, Nino Künzli. Comparison of Black Smoke and PM2.5 Levels in Indoor and Outdoor Environments of Four European Cities. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2002, 36 (6), pp 1191–1197.

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