Title: Analysis of local concentration gradients in complex built environments: implications for Air Quality Management Areas

Authors: D. Mumovic, J.M. Crowther, Z. Stevanovic

Addresses: Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, WC1E 6BT London, UK. ' School of Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA Glasgow, Scotland, UK. ' Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Laboratory for Thermal Engineering and Energy, P.O. Box 522 Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract: This paper reviews the existing guidance on placement of permanent air quality monitoring stations within urban areas and suggests the principles for a new, performance-based guidance. An integrated air quality model has been developed and validated for the designated Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) located in Glasgow City Centre to analyse the importance of local concentration gradients on positioning of permanent air quality monitoring stations in urban environments. The paper concludes with a call for the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in optimising the positioning of permanent air quality monitoring stations within urban areas.

Keywords: environmental pollution; AQMAs; air quality management; air quality monitoring; air quality modelling; street canyons; air pollution; urban areas; monitoring stations; Glasgow; United Kingdom; UK; computational fluid dynamics; CFD.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2009.026889

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2009 Vol.4 No.1/2, pp.140 - 155

Available online: 28 Jun 2009

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