Designing an Air Quality Network for Brisbane Using a Mesoscale Model

  • W. Physick
  • P. Best
  • K. Lunney
  • G. Johnson
Part of the NATO · Challenges of Modern Society book series (NATS, volume 18)


Brisbane is a subtropical city of one million people situated on the east coast of Australia and flanked by mountains to the west and south. The city has very few major industrial sources but is rapidly expanding. Fifteen years of multi-parameter monitoring at three inner suburban sites have shown a considerable inter-annual variability of ozone concentrations at greater than background levels, with maximum readings usually occurring between midday and early afternoon, and from late winter through to late autumn. On all of these days it is likely that areas of greater ozone concentrations exist elsewhere in the region later in the day. It is the aim of this study to identify those areas and to design an expanded meteorological and air quality network. Data from such a network will be invaluable to environmental and planning authorities.


Ozone Concentration Mesoscale Model Suburban Site Ozone Maximum Maximum Reading 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Physick
    • 1
  • P. Best
    • 2
  • K. Lunney
    • 3
  • G. Johnson
    • 4
  1. 1.CSIRO Division of Atmospheric ResearchAspendaleAustralia
  2. 2.Katestone ScientificPaddingtonAustralia
  3. 3.School of Australian Environmental StudiesGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.CSIRO Division of Coal and Energy TechnologyNorth RydeAustralia

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