When: Based on measurements done in Calendar year of 2012 with the final report published in September 2013
Where: Singleton and Muswellbook
Aims: To study the composition and sources of fine particles (PM2.5) and smaller in the Upper Hunter Valley towns of Singleton and Muswellbook
Findings: In winter woodsmoke is the main component of fine particles, while in summer fine particles are largely secondary sulfate and industry aged salt.
Health impacts of fine particles: Fine particles can pass through the throat and nose and into the lungs, causing respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
What is the Upper Hunter Fine Particle Characterisation Study?
The Upper Hunter Fine Particle Characterisation Study started in January 2012 to study the composition of fine particles 2.5 microns and smaller in diameter (PM2.5) in the Upper Hunter Valley towns of Singleton and Muswellbrook.
The study was undertaken to provide communities in Muswellbrook and Singleton with scientific information about the composition of fine particles in their local environment.
The final report (PDF 5.5MB) provides a full analysis and interpretation of the data collected during this study. A summary report (PDF 150KB) is also available.