Online/ Edinburgh


from £599


Autumn/Winter 2024


Online or Edinburgh (subject to customer preference)


From £599
(early bird discount, then £100 more thereafter)

For group bookings and bespoke training on air pollution, please contact UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk.


Autumn/winter 2023

Please register your interest online here now  (you will benefit from an early bird discount and can state whether you prefer online format or Edinburgh as a training location).

Short Course Description:

This 3-day interactive course introduces you to ammonia as an air pollutant and its role in air quality impacts. The course will cover an overview of sources, chemical transformation and sinks of ammonia, air quality policies and legislations targeted at reducing emissions and impacts. The course will then discuss how to select suitable ammonia monitoring methods and inform on best practice. This will allow participants to gain an understanding of how to measure and assess ammonia in the landscape. There will be lecture-style learning of the theory, combined with demonstrations and practical sessions on handling ammonia samplers. There will also be group exercises and discussions to help you to consolidate the knowledge you have gained by practicing to plan an assessment. IF we hold this as a face to face course, we will add an optional half-day field trip as well.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of ammonia as an air pollutant and how to plan monitoring assessments in the landscape.

Course objectives:

  1. Introduction to ammonia, including sources, effects and policies for mitigating impacts
  2. Types of ammonia assessment in the landscape
  3. Types of measurements and basics of some techniques
  4. Quality assurance of measurements
  5. Practical advice on designing an assessment

Target audience:

  • statutory agencies (NRW, EA, SEPA)
  • farmers
  • (agricultural) consultants
  • local authorities
  • students
  • scientists

Please register your interest online here now  (you will benefit from an early bird discount and can state whether you prefer online format or Edinburgh as a training location).




20 places

Hardware and software requirements:

IF we run this course in an online format, we will use Zoom. To test if your device is Zoom compatible and you can download the Zoom software, go here https://ukri.zoom.us/test

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

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 assessments (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).