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Sources & Atmospheric properties of airborne particulate matter - AQ05504

The outcome of this research is used to inform policy at DEFRA and the devolved administrations. The devolved administrations are as follows: the National Assembly for Wales (NAW), the Northern Ireland Executive, represented by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland (DoENI), and the Scottish Executive, represented by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)

This contract was established in January 2000 between the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the University of Birmingham. The main purpose of the contract was to investigate the applicability of single particle mass spectrometry as a technique for real-time characterisation of airborne particulate matter and to exploit the availability of a prototype instrument owned by the Ford Motor Company at a time when commercial instruments were at that stage unavailable.

By operating the single particle mass spectrometry instrumentation alongside other instruments for measuring concentrations of atmospheric gases and particles, it was hoped to achieve the following outcomes:

(a) A more complete spatial and temporal characterisation of the particle size distribution of PM10 than is currently available, for a range of locations.
(b) Size-discriminated chemistry of airborne particulate matter in the UK atmosphere at a range of locations.
(c) A understanding of the influence of locality and local sources upon airborne particle composition, through improved source apportionment and temporal resolution.
(d) Information on the spatial and temporal evolution of particle size distributions in the urban atmosphere.
An intercomparison of state-of-the-art measurement techniques for airborne particulate matter.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Sources & Atmospheric properties of airborne particulate matter   (4535k)
• Executive Summary : Source and Atmostpheric Properties of Airbourne Particulate Matter   (42k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2002

Cost: £172,546
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Birmingham
Air Pollution              
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Air Quality