Project Title: On-Line BioAerosol Sensing (OLBAS)

Principal Investigator – Prof. John Sodeau

PDRADr. Stig Hellebust

Funded by – EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. (2014-CCRP-MS.19).

Funding period – 2015-2017

Project Description

The objectives of the OLBAS study are:

  • To provide a comprehensive literature review of sources, removal pathways and concentrations of airborne Primary Biological Aerosol Particle (PBAP) releases with an emphasis on waste-management sites.
  • To perform two bioaerosol/metereological measurement campaigns at two contrasting green waste/composting sites in Ireland, in order to develop the concept of “bioaerosol site profiles”.
  • To provide a scientific foundation for assessing the environmental/occupational advantages of on-line (real-time) instrumental approaches to the detection of airborne microbes that promote adverse health effects, like Aspergillus fumigatus.
  • To assess the possibility of developing a national pollen monitoring service in Ireland at the Met Eireann Valentia Observatory site.

To provide a “proof of principle” for compiling PBAP “early warning” systems to the general public, particularly those with “at risk” respiratory health issues.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork