Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 188, Issue 1–4, pp 345–353 | Cite as

Carbon Monoxide in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – A Comparison between Urban Background, Roadside and In-traffic Measurements

  • Jenny Lindén
  • Sofia Thorsson
  • Ingegärd Eliasson


Spatial variations of Carbon Monoxide (CO) are examined in the urban environment of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Focus is given on the variations between urban background, roadside and in-traffic measurements. Results show significant differences between the three methods where average in-traffic values were 2–3 times higher than average roadside values and 10–12 times higher than average background values. During traffic congestions these differences extended up to 6 and 20 times respectively. Results are discussed in relation to human exposure assessments and WHO guidelines.


Spatial variations Air quality Urban Sub Saharan Africa Exposure assessment 



This project is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). We would also like to thank the Direction de la Météorologie National, Burkina Faso.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenny Lindén
    • 1
  • Sofia Thorsson
    • 1
  • Ingegärd Eliasson
    • 1
  1. 1.Urban Climate Group, Physical Geography, Earth Science CentreGöteborg UniversityGöteborgSweden

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