The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal (Open Environ Biol Monit J )

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers


The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal is an Open Access online journal which publishes original research articles, reviews and short articles in all areas of Environmental & Biological Monitoring. The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal, a peer reviewed journal, aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in all areas of the field. The emphasis will be on publishing quality articles rapidly and freely available to researchers worldwide.

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    The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal website
  • Other titles
    Open environmental and biological monitoring journal, TOEBMJ
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  • Material type
    Document, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Bentham Science Publishers

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months (unless federal, government, funding agencies or local policy mandates for the author's institute a different policy on self-archiving)
  • Conditions
    • On authors personal or authors institutions server
    • Published source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to journal home page
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Articles in all journals can be made Open Access on payment of additional charge
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Publications in this journal

  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 12/2012; 5(1):56-64.
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    ABSTRACT: Golf courses are an increasingly prominent feature across the urban landscape. Most courses contain streams that pass through the course grounds and have the potential to chemically, biologically, and physically alter these streams and their aquatic ecosystems. This study assessed the impact of five golf courses in Greenville, South Carolina on stream water temperature. Courses were selected that had continuous, tributary and lake free reaches that passed through the golf course grounds. At each course, stream water temperature was measured at 5 minute intervals from July – October 2008 just upstream and downstream of the course. Under baseflow conditions during the period of record, the sites downstream of the courses exhibited (1) elevated stream water temperatures (on the order of 3 – 4 °C during the afternoon hours) and (2) increased diurnal temperature ranges (1 – 4 °C larger) compared to their upstream counterparts. The observed temperature differences between the upstream and downstream sites at each course were primarily due to the lack of riparian cover along the golf course reaches. The magnitude of the temperature differences among the courses was largely a function of stream discharge. Although the impacts of these temperature modifications on the ecology, biology, and chemistry of the stream system were not assessed, the changes are large enough to be of ecological concern. New golf course guidelines that recommend or require the retention of sizable vegetated buffers along stream banks that shade the streams may be necessary to help protect the health of these aquatic ecosystems.
    The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 12/2012; 5:14-21.
  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 06/2012; 5(1):14-21.
  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 07/2011; 4(1):45-56.
  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 05/2011; 4(1):36-44.
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    ABSTRACT: This study focuses on determining the variation of indoor pollutants in public transport buses in the City of Toledo running on biodiesel (BD) and ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). The indoor pollutants monitored are carbon dioxide (CO 2), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO 2), nitric oxide (NO), and particulate matter (PM). Temperature (Temp.) and relative humidity (RH) are also measured inside the vehicle in addition to the monitored in-vehicle pollutants. The various factors generally affecting indoor air quality in any microenvironment are indoor sources of pollutants (people, furniture, etc.), ventilation, outdoor air quality, meteorology, pollutant decay, and vehicular traffic. The objective of this research paper is to study the daily, monthly, and seasonal variation of in-vehicle pollutants in relation to different vari-ables and also determine the statistical significance of in-vehicle pollutant levels in biodiesel and ultra low sulfur diesel buses. The daily, monthly, and seasonal variations of the pollutants monitored are studied and it was observed that the pollutant level buildup within a bus compartment is due to a combination of different factors and not a result of variation due to a single variable. CO 2 levels are influenced by a combination of varying passenger ridership, vehicular traffic, ventilation settings, and bus status. CO and SO 2 levels depend on vehicular traffic, ventilation settings, and to an extent on vehicle speed. NO levels varied with vehicular traffic and ventilation settings. PM levels are influenced by vehicular traffic, ventilation settings and vehicle speed. Relatively higher pollutant concentrations are observed for the majority of pollutants in winter months when there is not much air exchange in the bus compartment. A study of the trends revealed that the concentrations were mainly influenced by peak hours, ventilation settings, vehicular traffic, passenger ridership, and meteorology. The pollut-ant levels of CO 2 and SO 2 are found to be statistically significantly higher in an ultra low sulfur diesel bus while the pol-lutant levels of CO, NO, and particle numbers with size range between 0.30 m and 0.40 m are found to be statistically significantly higher in a biodiesel bus. Particulate matter concentrations are found to be statistically similar in both the test buses.
    The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 01/2011; 411(1):1-20.
  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 10/2010; 3(1):12-20.
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    ABSTRACT: Bottom ashes collected from ESP and baghouse of seven pulverized coal-fired power plants using subbitumi-nous and bituminous coal and a fluidized bed combustor using crushed bituminous coal were examined for their mineral-ogy and elemental composition. The results presented in this paper are based on the average of three samples collected from each power plant. The mineralogy of each sample was determined using XRD and SEM/EDX; Elemental content was determined using INAA, ICPMS, and CVAAS; and the speciation of As, Cr, and Ni was determined by XANES. Bottom ash from the pulverized power plants consists of granular particles with a minor input of melted glassy fragments, while the bottom ash from the fluidized bed combustor consists entirely of granular particles. The sulphur and carbon con-tents of pulverized bottom ashes range from 0.03 to 2.32 wt % and 0.19 to 6.62 wt %, respectively. For the fluidized bed combustor, the sulphur and carbon contents were 5.27 wt % and 10.72 wt %. The concentrations of As, Cr, Hg, Ni, and Pb in bottom ash are related to sulphur content of coal and are higher for bottom ashes from high sulphur feed coals. Most of the elements associated with S (As, Hg, and Pb) are captured from fluidized bottom ash, more so than by the correspond-ing ESP fly ash. Most of the elements in bottom ash have enrichment (RE) factors of less than 0.7 indicating that they are not enriched in the bottom ashes as compared to the feed coals. Arsenic, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb have higher concentrations in granular bottom ash as compared to glassy bottom ash of the same power plant. The feldspars and quartz of feed coal are health hazards and are captured mostly by bottom ash and therefore prevent their emission from stack. The As, Cr, and Ni in form of: non-toxic As +3 , mostly beneficial Cr 3+ , and non-carcinogenic Ni 2+ are in coordination predominantly with oxygen. Mercury and Pb are low and have very little environmental impact.The hazardous elements (As, Cr, Ni, and Pb) are only leached by HCl, indicating that under normal condition they remain immobile and their impact on environment can be considered low.
    The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 02/2009; 2(1).
  • The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 01/2009; 2(1):11-17.
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    The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal 09/2008; 1(1):43-47.