Atmospheric pollution is the release of a harmful chemical or material into the atmosphere. The consequences can be devastating - carbon dioxide, for example, is one of the major causes of climate change, while nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide combine to form harmful acid rain. Not all pollution is directly man-made, however, such as the release of ammonia from livestock. Ammonia is toxic to many aquatic animals and can lead to soil acidification and smog.

Atmospheric pollution is also harmful to human health. It has driven cancer to be the main cause of death in China, the poster country for smog, and more than half of Americans are breathing unacceptable standards of air. In the UK alone it is thought that air pollution causes  29,000 deaths every year.

CEH work on atmospheric pollution

Projects

Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Video still from overview of Catchment Managment Modelling Platform
Launch of the Catchment Management Modelling Platform
Collage of images representing the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
Helping regional businesses make the move to a lower carbon economy
DELTA ammonia and ammonium monitoring system at Forsinard
Air quality monitoring system from CEH
Spraying fertiliser on a field
New international management system to fight nitrogen pollution
Alpha sampler for measuring concentration of ammonia in air
Equipment for long-term monitoring of ammonia and ammonium, acid gases and aerosols
Harvest rice field in Xiangtan, Hunan, China (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rice_field,_Hunan.JPG#filelinks
CEH signs collaboration agreement with the Hunan Provincial Agriculture Committee
Into the Blue
Last week scientists from across the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology took part in NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ public engagement and networking event held at Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park.
Professor David Fowler of CEH speaking at the Ozone Symposium
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016

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