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Evaluation of black carbon measurements to assess prevalence of domestic wood burning in the UK - AQ0739

Evaluation of the entirety of the black carbon network data resource will be undertaken to establish the prevalence and trends in domestic wood burning in the UK. Analysis will focus on the entirety of the current black carbon network but will also establish comparative datasets for sites that are no longer in operation (since the network was re-worked in 2012).
The project will provide:

-quantitative assessment of the prevalence of domestic wood burning in the UK
-quantitative assessment of trends of wood burning in the UK ( up till 2015 for the existing sites and up to 2012 for sites that have ceased operation)
-semi-quantitative assessment of the distribution of wood burning spatially across the UK
-semi-quantitative assessment of the proportion of secondary to primary heating sources (recreational vs central heating)

The work will provide both evidence of wood use, its spatial distribution and trends as well as some indication as to the behaviours driving the trends. This information will identify the scale of the issue and will feed information into the process of mapping emissions in the UK where there are significant evidence gaps around attribution of activity.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £24,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Kings College London
Fields of Study
Air Quality