Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Air Pollution Monitoring and Sustainability

  • Andrew Knox
  • Greg J. Evans
  • Colin J. Lee
  • Jeffrey R. BrookEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_373

Definition of the Subject

Air pollution monitoring is the use of scientific and mathematical tools and methods to assess the concentrations or rates of emission of air pollution in various environments. Monitoring is usually performed at ground level in populated areas, where humans exposure tends to occur but can also include measurements at other altitudes, in other spheres of the atmosphere, or in unpopulated areas. Monitoring data is often an important input into air pollution research projects.


Air pollution monitoring is concerned with collecting evidence about the emissions, concentrations, and effects of air pollutants. There are a number of effects of air pollution. Those most commonly recognized are negative impacts on human health, ecosystems, and the economy. Current air pollution monitoring assesses the properties of air pollution in the atmosphere by monitoring ambient air, monitoring emissions from pollution sources, remotely sensing air pollution indicators...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Knox
    • 1
  • Greg J. Evans
    • 1
  • Colin J. Lee
    • 1
  • Jeffrey R. Brook
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied ChemistryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Air Quality Research Division, Atmospheric Science and Technology DirectorateEnvironment CanadaTorontoCanada