Evaluation and Comparison of Measurement Methods for Personal Exposure to Fine Particles in Beijing, China

  • Xianlei ZhuEmail author
  • Fanglan Ma
  • Hui Luan
  • Dapeng Wu
  • Tieguan Wang


Ambient measurement and microenvironmental modeling were compared with personal measurement in Beijing, China to evaluate their capacity to determine personal exposure to PM2.5. The comparison showed the association was insignificant between ambient and personal concentrations, but was significant between modeled and personal concentrations. The association between ambient and personal concentrations was improved for non-smoking dormitories, on heavily polluted days and on weekdays. The median difference was 41% between ambient and personal concentrations and 17% between modeled and personal concentrations. The factors affecting the association and agreement between methods were indoor sources and ubiquitous “personal cloud”.


Exposure Measurement PM2.5 China 



The work was supported by Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (No. 20050935019). The authors thank the participants for their cooperation and help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xianlei Zhu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fanglan Ma
    • 1
  • Hui Luan
    • 1
  • Dapeng Wu
    • 1
  • Tieguan Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Natural Resource and Information Technology, Key Laboratory of Earth Prospecting and Information TechnologyChina University of Petroleum-BeijingBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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