Atmospheric Sciences | Categorical Data Analysis | Design of Experiments and Sample Surveys | Environmental Chemistry | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Public Health | Other Chemistry | Physical Chemistry

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Hampton Roads has been a maritime crossroads for the last 400 years. Industrialization has impacted the coastal region for the last 250 years. The expansion of the Port of Virginia in 2019 has created dense traffic in the region resulting in impacts to air quality. Two waste products that affect humans are particulate matter and carbon dioxide. Both respective emissions can cause adverse effects on humans, such as asthma, some lung cancers, and other respiratory distress. Scientists and health practitioners are studying the effects of particulate matter on human health. Hampton Roads, in particular, because of its unique location on a coastal plain and its heavy industrial development must be studied due to its high coastal industrial profile compared to other regions. Independent data collection of CO2, PM 2.5, and PM 5.0 concentration was examined with distance relative to the Norfolk Port of Virginia. The concentration values were recorded both under operational (day) and non-operational (night) hours. This novel data was then cross validated with public NOAA air quality reports.