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Air Quality Management

Air Quality Management

Suresh T. Nesaratnam (Editor), Shahram Taherzadeh (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-86389-3

Mar 2014

208 pages

Select type: E-Book



Designed to accompany the new Open University course in Environmental Monitoring and Protection, this is one of four new titles which will equip the reader with the tools to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). Used in planning, decision-making and management, EIAs review both the theoretical principles and environmental considerations of engineering and environmental projects to help steer fundamental legislation in the right direction. Air Quality Management begins with an introduction to the atmosphere around us and the units of concentration. It then discusses the importance of meteorology and the part it plays in air quality, before detailing the main types of air pollutants, their sources, and their effects on humans and their environments. Further chapters discuss measurement technologies and systems, as well as a selection of control and elimination methods. Finally, the book details methods of modelling atmospheric dispersion.

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Section 1: Air basics

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Clean air – a basic human need

1.3 What is air pollution?

1.4 Air quality

1.5 The human respiratory system

1.6 Summary

Section 2: Meteorology and air pollutants

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Physical characteristics of the atmosphere

2.3 Dry adiabatic lapse rate theory

2.4 Atmospheric stability

2.5 The main air pollutants

2.6 Effects of air pollutants

2.7 Acid deposition

2.8 Climate change

2.9 Summary

Section 3: Environmental monitoring

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Manual ambient air quality measurement

3.3 Particulate matter

3.4 Continuous ambient air quality monitoring

3.5 Remote or long-path monitoring

3.6 Biomonitoring

3.7 Summary

Section 4: Air pollution control techniques

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Preventing and controlling particulate emissions

4.3 Preventing and controlling gaseous emissions

4.4 Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides

4.5 Dioxins and related compounds

4.6 Dispersion from chimneys

4.7 Odour pollution and control

4.8 Summary

Section 5: Atmospheric dispersion modelling

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Box models of air quality

5.3 The point source, Gaussian plume dispersion model

5.4 Summary