from £99


spring 2021

A half-day introduction to Ammonia (ONLINE COURSE)


The last course ran on 08/06/2020. the next course will run subject to demand

Express your interest here, so we can fix a new course date!

As a more detailed alternative, you may also be interested in our 3-day course: Ammonia: measurement planning  (autumn/winter 2020 online or Edinburgh)




One person accessing online training via one device: £99 p.p. (Early bird discount)

(please contact UKCEHtraining to enquire about group bookings)

Short Course Description:

This half-day interactive ONLINE course will use Zoom. It is an introduction to ammonia as an air pollutant and its role in air quality impacts. The course will cover an overview of the sources and effects of ammonia pollution, air quality policies and legislations targeted at reducing emissions and impacts of ammonia.  The course will also explain how ammonia is measured and how to link concentrations to effects in local assessments.   

Course Objectives:

  • Understanding of ammonia as an air pollutant, including effects of ammonia on ecosystems and human health.
  • Understanding of ammonia sources and how to assess them.
  • Understanding UK government policies on reducing ammonia emissions and mitigating impacts.
  • Understanding of how ammonia is measured
  • Understanding of how measurements can be used in effects assessments and how to monitor and detect changes in ambient ammonia concentrations

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of ammonia as an air pollutant. You will also have an appreciation of how ammonia is measured and how measurement data may be used in effects assessments.

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Software & hardware requirements

To test if your device is Zoom compatible and downlaod the Zoom software, go here https://ukri.zoom.us/test

You may find this guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting useful.

Target Audience:

The course is aimed at those with an interest in ammonia and effects assessment:

  • Legislators
  • Local government employees
  • UK agency staff
  • Non-scientists
  • Farmers
  • Agricultural consultants
  • Those wanting an introduction to ammonia air quality science basics



20 places 

Hardware/ Software requirements:

There are no requirements to bring a laptop and all course notes and slides will be provided digitally via email after the course.



Course Leaders:

Sim Tang, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Sim Tang is an Environmental Chemist with over 20 years’ experience and expertise in ammonia and other reactive gas and aerosol measurements (e.g. ALPHA® and DELTA®) and research. She advises on air monitoring strategies and have led projects from local (e.g. linking concentrations to effects), national (e.g. establishing the UK National Ammonia Monitoring Network, NAMN) to continent-scale networks (e.g. pan-European monitoring network on ammonia, acid gases and aerosols). As a member of the European working group on diffusive samplers (CEN/TC264/WG11), Sim has contributed to the publication of CEN standards on determination by diffusive sampling of NO2 and NH3.

Amy Stephens, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Amy has worked for UKCEH as an Environmental Chemist for four years.  She has focused on ammonia in air measurements splitting her time between the lab, field and office. Amy network manages the national ammonia network as well as several projects measuring ammonia levels on sensitive ecosystems. Amy is also managing the delivery of ALPHA® and DELTA® samplers and analysis to our customers and training them on how to correctly use the systems.

Christine Braban, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Christine Braban is the leader of the Atmospheric Composition Change Group in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects Science Area of UKCEH. Her research interests cover rural and urban air quality with a focus on ammonia and reactive nitrogen species, She works with long term observations and experiments, and with low and high tech instrumentation. Christine is a lead scientist for atmospheric measurements strategy at Auchencorth Moss (WMO-GAW Regional station, ICOS Ecosystem station UK EMEP Supersite and atmospheric observatory platform).