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Air Pollution

Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation, Third Edition

By Jeremy Colls, Abhishek Tiwary

© 2010 – CRC Press

508 pages

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A one stop, comprehensive textbook, covering the three essential components of air pollution science. The Third Edition has been updated with the latest developments, especially the inclusion of new information on the role of air pollutants in climate change. The authors give greater coverage to the developing economies around the world where air pollution problems are on the rise.

The Third Edition continues to cover a wide range of air quality issues, retaining a quantitative perspective. Topics covered include - gaseous and particulate air pollutants, measurement techniques, meteorology and dispersion modelling, mobile sources, indoor air, effects on plants, materials, humans and animals. Moving away from classical toxic air pollutants, there is a chapter on climate change and another on the depletion of stratospheric ozone. A special feature of this new edition is the inclusion of a fresh chapter on air pollution mitigation by vegetation, mainly its role in maintaining a sustainable urban environment.

Recommended for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses specialising in air pollution, both for environmental scientists and engineers. The new material included in the Third Edition extends its use by practitioners in consultancies or local authorities.


"A good starting book for those studying the environment of the atmosphere."

—Geoffrey Brundrett, International Journal of Ambient Energy

"The writing is accessible and generally clear, and most of the selected topics and examples are excellent… Summing up: Recommended."


Table of Contents

Air Pollutants: Sources and Control of Gases

Units for Expressing Pollutant Concentration

The Basic Atmosphere

The Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere

Anthropogenic Emissions

Primary Emission Summary

Adsorption and Adsorption of Gases

Other Air Pollutants

Secondary Gaseous Pollutants

Emission Interventions

Air Pollutants: Particulates

Particle Terminology

Particle Size Disturbations

Aerosol Mechanics

Particle Sources

Abatement of Primary Particle Emissions

Secondary Particles

Trends in Particle Emissions

Mobile Sources

Motor Vehicle Emissions

Train Emissions

Shipping Emissions

Aircraft Emissions

Different Models of Transport

Measurement of Gases and Particles

Methods of Describing Pollutant Concentration

Sampling Requirements

Gas Sampling

Gas Concentration Measurement

Quality Control

Particle Sampling

Particle Measurement Methods

Chemical Composition of Aerosol

Measurement of Course Particle Deposition

Emission Measurement from Stationary Sources

Measurement Uncertainty

Concentrations and Deposition

Gaseous Pollutants

Patterns of Occurrence

Particulate Matter

Dry Deposition of Gases

Wet Deposition

Total Deposition and Budgets

Analysis of an Air Pollution Episode

Meteorology and Modelling

Meteorological Factors

Dispersion Models

Gaussian Dispersion Theory

Dispersion Theory in Practice

Dispersion of Vehicle Emission and Exposure Modelling

Receptor Models

Box Models

Statistical Models

Analysis of an Air Quality Data Set

The Raw Data Set

Period Averages


Diurnal Variations

Short-Term Events

Frequency Disturbations

Further Statistical Analyses

Indoor Air Quality

Building Ventilation


Indoor Organics Sources


Sick Building Syndrome

Odour and Ventilation

Clean Rooms

Mitigation of Air Pollution: The Role of Vegetation

Forest Canopy Intervention

Particle Deposition to Vegetation

Filter Strips

Practical Concerns of Vegetation Intervention

Effects on Plants, Visual Range and Materials

Effects on Plants

Visual Range

Damage to Materials

Responses of Humans and Other Animals

Responses of People

Effects on Other Animals

Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

Our Radiation Environment

The Role of Gases

The Role of Aerosol

Gases and Aerosol Combined

Future Scenarios

The Main Predictions


Global Responses

Ozone Depletion and Ultraviolet Radiation

Ozone in the Stratosphere

Destructive Chemistry

The Current Situation

Ozone and Ultraviolet

Clothing Protection from UV

Standards and Legislation

UK Legislation

EU Air-Quality Legislation


World Health Organization (WHO)

EU Industrial Emission Legislation

EU Vehicle Emissions

US Legislation

Legislation in the Asian Region

Air Pollution Indices

About the Authors

Abhishek Tiwary is a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Environmentalist involved in issues related to urban air pollution management and sustainable development. He is based at the University of Newcastle, UK.

Jeremy Colls is Professor Emeritus in Atmospheric Environment at the University of Nottingham, UK. He authored the previous two editions of Air Pollution.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General