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Twenty years of measurement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in UK ambient air by nationwide air quality networks.

Brown, A S; Brown, R J C; Coleman, P J*; Conolly, C*; Sweetman, A J*; Jones, K C*; Butterfield, D M; Sarantaridis, D; Donovan, B J*; Roberts, I* (2013) Twenty years of measurement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in UK ambient air by nationwide air quality networks. Environ. Sci. - Process. Impacts, 15 (6). pp. 1199-1215.

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Abstract

The impact of human activities on the health of the population and of the wider environment has prompted action to monitor the presence of toxic compounds in the atmosphere. Toxic organic micropollutants (TOMPs) are some of the most insidious and persistent of these pollutants. Since 1991 the United Kingdom has operated nationwide air quality networks to assess the presence of TOMPs, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in ambient air. The data produced in 2010 marked 20 years of nationwide PAH monitoring. This paper marks this milestone by providing a novel and critical review of the data produced since nationwide monitoring began up to the end of 2011 (the latest year for which published data is available), discussing how the networks performing this monitoring has evolved, and elucidating trends in the concentrations of the PAHs measured. The current challenges in the area and a forward look to the future of air quality monitoring for PAHs are also discussed briefly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, ambient air, air quality, network, trends in concentrations
Subjects: Analytical Science
Analytical Science > Trace Analysis and Electrochemistry
Identification number/DOI: 10.1039/c3em00126a
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 10:50
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/5862

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