Tool 29 - Where to Find Further Information
on Air Quality Management
The Internet offers a vast amount of information related to Air Quality
Management. Using popular Internet search engines may already get you
satisfactory results. Online encyclopaedias, such as Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org)
offer you detailed and recent information for many air quality topics.
This tool provides you with a small selection of information sources
which are relevant to this toolkit. Many of the sites listed here contain
useful information including online air quality data, air pollution facts
and air quality related management options. They also contain links to
other useful homepages. You will also find contact addresses for inquiring
further information. Although particular care was taken to verify the
relevant links of the various sites, please be aware that the content
and links of such sites on the Internet may change continuously.
The links in this tool are grouped into national and international institutions
(including local governments), research institutes, pressure groups and
private sector organisations.
The selected sites do not involve any commercial interest to any of the
listed institutions or private companies. The authors and publishers of
this book will take no responsibility and liability for the content and
its correctness of third party websites.
Information on health statistics and air pollution may be obtained from:
Ministry of Health, hospitals, public health officials, statistics departments,
motor vehicle registration.
Mexico City Air Quality Report
This site informs the public on the actual air quality situation of the
various parts of Mexico City. It provides concentrations of O3, NO2, SO2,
CO, PM10 and UV-Index on an hourly basis and classifies them in a popular
way (satisfactory, not satisfactory, bad, very bad). It also contains
general information on atmospheric pollution, explanation of units and
indexes used in air quality management. The information is available in
English and Spanish.
Stockholm Environment and Health Protection Administration - Stockholm
The site contains descriptions of Stockholm's air quality management system.
It gives an overview of the air quality situation in Stockholm on a regular
basis with daily, monthly and yearly levels of pollutants. Data are obtained
form the monitoring stations and generated through advanced modelling.
Estimating the Health Effects of Air Pollutants, A Method with Application
to Jakarta, The World Bank, 1994. Apart from dust, lead and sulfur dioxide,
it can also be used to predict the health effects of nitrogen oxide (NOx)
and ozone. The methods discussed are illustrated with a city example of
Pollution Control Department in Thailand: Air Quality and Noise Information
System for Thailand
The site presents daily air quality reports, and gives an overview of
the management system for air quality management in Thailand. Available
in English and Thai.
Environment Canada, Smog Facts
This is a homepage presenting information about smog and its components,
as well as the smog situation in Canada.
Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand
The society promotes the protection of the environment through organising
training courses, conferences etc. The site contains many useful links
Clean Cities Program
The mission of the Clean Cities Program is to advance the nation's economic,
environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt
practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean
Cities carries out this mission through a network of more than 80 volunteer
coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative
fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle
United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) - Office of
Air Quality Planning and Standards
This U.S. EPA site provides a lot of information on air quality in the
The USEPA also has some great, free software tools. See http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/exposure/
for their Exposure Assessment Tools and Models Website. Many are NOT US
World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHO dedicates a health topic section at the 'Protection of the human environment'
(PHE) site. WHO Air Quality Guidelines and other tools can be found there.
Various air quality initiatives of the United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), France
UNEP's International Environment Technology Centre(IETC), Japan
Clean Air Initiative
The Clean Air Initiative (CAI) advances innovative ways to improve air
quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships
in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a support programme
of the World Bank and regional Development Banks that brings air quality
managers and other stakeholders together in the development and implementation
of air quality action plans.
The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) promotes and demonstrates
innovative ways to improve the air quality of Asian cities through partnerships
and sharing experiences.
The Clean Air Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched in 1998 as
a response to an increase in air quality problems in the region. Urban
air pollution tends to increase with the rate of urbanization.
EMMA, Integrated Environmental Monitoring, Forecasting and Warning Systems
in Metropolitan Areas
The site is a presentation of EMMA, a project financed by the European
Commission. The project compiles data on air quality in four European
cities. The site provides further links to sites with air pollution information,
and online air quality data from several cities in (mostly European) countries.
Available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
ISIS: Integrated System for Sustainability, Life Environment Programme,
European Commission, 1997. This report contains a guide on the general
health and social impacts of one specific activity sector, i.e. road transport.
It explains how the broad adverse health effects of traffic-related air
pollution can be assessed. It also covers the health and social effects
World Resources Institute: The World Resources Institute's programme on
Health environment and development provides useful input into the efforts
to understand the impacts of air pollution and climate change.
School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT
Through its academic programs and outreach units, SERD, AIT's largest
School, has been working towards capacity building and human resource
development in the areas of environmental and resources management, poverty
alleviation and socio-economic/gender development.
Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality Glossary
Senior level class students created this glossary at Sam Houston State
University, U.S.A. It contains words and expressions, from Abatement to
Zeolite. References and hyperlinks are being updated on a continuous basis.
The current 2005 version marks the tenth year of this project.
Air quality modelling
A CSIRO Atmospheric Research site describing air quality modelling using
the Lagrangrian Atmospheric Dispersion Model (LADM).
Non Governmental Organisations
Center for Science and Technology (CSE)
CSE is an NGO with programmes including air pollution and climate change.
Useful insight on the impact of this popular sector on environmental management
issues, especially in terms of policy research, advocacy, public awareness
raising, education and training, is provided in their website
Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning /Global Lead Network
Global Lead Network provides resources and support for those working on
lead poisoning prevention around the world. The site is designed to assist
agencies, NGOs, researchers, concerned citizens and all stakeholders interested
in developing solutions. It features information, tools, on-line translations
and a searchable database of organizations and individuals with relevant
expertise and experience. The global lead Network is sponsored by the
Alliance to end Childhood Lead Poisoning.
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
SMHI offers extensive know-how in air pollution control in many countries
globally. SMHI is using an environmental information AIRVIRO software
system for e.g. acquiring data, analyses of data and modelling (http://www.airviro.smhi.se/)
Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
A & WMA is an organisation that provides training, information and
networking opportunities to 12,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries.
The association publishes publications and arranges conferences and workshops.
It is based in U.S.A., but has sections and members worldwide. The site
is also of use for non-members, and it contains many useful links.
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association
IPIECA includes both petroleum companies and associations at the national,
regional or international levels. The association is involved in global
environmental issues related to the petroleum industry. It has developed
an urban air quality management toolkit, and has activities in Latin America
and South East Asia.
Spare The Air
The Spare the Air Program was established by the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District to educate people about air pollution, and to encourage
them to change their behaviour to prevent it.