ERWDA evaluating air quality in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI -The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has started to evaluate the existing air quality situation in populated areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, under its programme of air quality monitoring and management study for the Emirate.

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Published: Tue 24 Feb 2004, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:12 AM

The study will be carried out by ERWDA in association with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) already involved with installing passive samplers to record the concentration levels in populated areas of Abu Dhabi. The process makes use of a mobile, on line air quality station to identify hot spots, enabling good overview of the air pollution situation in the country.

Passive sampler has been used in several investigations worldwide in industrial and urban areas and for studies of indoor/outdoor exposures to undertake a screening of the spatial concentration distribution.

A mobile unit is an important part of the air quality network to identify hot spots and investigate levels in new areas where there might be high air pollution. The mobile monitoring unit measures both meteorology and air quality. Meteorological data collected with mobile units are important as part of a complete air quality monitoring system ,it also helps in measuring wind speed, wind direction and temperatures.

The project is second stage of the study which includes analysis of the emissions and dispersion of flue gases from industrial stacks and vehicular traffic in the Emirate and requires recommendations for the specifications, optimum number and locations of fixed and mobile Air Quality Monitoring Stations to effectively and comprehensively monitor the major industrial and residential areas of Abu Dhabi.

The 18-month study is will be completed in four stages, the first of which constituted baseline data collection and assessment in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral technical teams.

The second stage involves air quality evaluation. The outcome of this stage will lead to the implementation of the third phase, which comprises the purchase, construction and operation of a Central Network System, and a fully equipped and functional Air Quality Management System.

The continuous operation and manipulation of the installed state-of-the-art system comprise the fourth and last stage of this project. Experience will be built throughout the previous stages and will continue throughout the life of the project to ensure maximum utilization of this invaluable planning and prediction tool.



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