Accession Number:

ADB272376

Title:

Background Bioaerosols and Aerosols at Two Sites in Northern Australia: Preliminary Measurements

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) AERONAUTICAL AND MARITIME RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The biological aerosol content of the air has been measured at Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory of Australia. The number of culturable bacteria and fungal spores together with organic material caught in a spore trap are reported. The total airborne particulate matter in the size range 0.5 to 30 microns was also measured at Tindal in October 1998 and April 1999. The ability of an aerodynamic particle sizer to act as an early warning device for the presence of biological warfare agents in this environment is discussed. It was concluded that such a device could only be successfully used as a trigger in the event of a military release of a biological agent in an environment with a well characterised aerosol background.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE