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


Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Lichen App screenshot
Assessing atmospheric nitrogen pollutants
Austria Center Vienna, photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0 BambooBeast
Details of abstracts from Vienna General Assembly
Figure 2 of the paper, providing a schematic of the main equations analysed
A new open access paper on the links between soil moisture and leaf stomata
An example slide from Steve's presentation on nanoparticles research.
Advice on how to approach nanoparticles as they are developed
Scientific equipment and facilities at Whim field site
Nitrogen deposition, nitrogen form and ecosystem response
Scientific equipment at Auchencorth Moss field site
Measuring surface/atmosphere exchange fluxes and air pollution concentrations to provide the science base for policy
The Opera House in Lille, the capital of French Flanders
UK and France come together in Lille for international conference
Providing isolated sites for controlled ecological experiments
Solardomes at the Air Pollution Facility
Researching ozone's effects on vegetation
Moor House carbon catchment
Carbon exchange at the catchment scale
Clatto reservoir on a sunny day
Providing the evidence for water managers to implement lake restoration programmes
A tractor spreading fertiliser. Photo Christopher Elwell/Shutterstock.
25 countries come together to write an 'Ammonia Framework Code'