Air Quality Management Planning

Air quality management planning is the systematic way of ensuring that abatement actions and the improvement of the air quality in urban environments can be undertaken in an cost effective manner, and that actions will lead to reduced impacts on health, materials and vegetation.

Most of the tools NILU employs in the air quality management planning have been developed at the institute. The main framework for the air quality management planning system is named “AirQUIS” and includes emission inventories, meteorology, dispersion models and exposure estimates. 

The research and development within the field focus on:

·         Source identification, specifications and emission inventories

·         Air Quality monitoring program design including field experiments and screening studies

·         Atmospheric boundary layer parameterisation and turbulence

·         Meteorology and wind field models

·         Development of air pollution dispersion models

·         Statistical methods and source-receptor modelling

·         Exposure estimates; health exposure, materials and vegetation

·         Dos response functions and impact assessment

·         Impact of mitigation measures; dose/effectiveness and dose/response

·         Optimal abatement strategy planning