National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022

Summary: Details on the planned implementation of the 'National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme' (AAMP), including an expansion of the national monitoring network, increased modelling and forecasting capability and citizen engagement and citizen science initiatives.

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84095-750-1

Pages: 30

Filesize: 1,737KB

Format: pdf

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National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme

The new National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (AAMP) will involve a greatly expanded national monitoring network providing enhanced real-time information to the public, supplemented by an additional increased local authority capacity to conduct local monitoring. The network will be supported and augmented by increased modelling and forecasting capability, with the aim of providing an ongoing air quality forecast to the public. Supporting both of these elements will be citizen engagement and citizen science initiatives to encourage greater understanding and involvement of the public in air quality issues. The national ambient air quality monitoring programme is built around three key pillars:

  • A greatly expanded national monitoring network with 38 new automatic monitoring stations, providing enhanced real-time information to the public.
  • Modelling and forecasting capability, to provide an ongoing air quality forecast to the public.
  • Encouraging greater understanding and involvement of the public in air quality issues utilising citizen engagement and citizen science initiatives.

A new national monitoring network will be established which will provide improved spatial coverage across rural and urban centres.  The siting of the stations is based on the criteria of population size, vulnerability to air quality issues and spatial distribution.  The network of sites will monitor a range of important air quality parameters including particulates, heavy metals, inorganic and organic gases.

There is an increasing awareness of the need for Ireland to develop its capacity and capability in ambient air quality modelling. The programme aims to provide, on a phased basis, the following modelling capability:

  • General ambient air quality modelling at urban and regional scales
  • Ambient air quality forecast modelling

Air quality related citizen engagement and citizen science will be progressed to raise awareness and understanding of air quality issues and encourage individual participation in improving air quality.