Earth and Planetary Sciences » Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences

Air Quality Monitoring, Assessment and Management

Edited by Nicolás A. Mazzeo, ISBN 978-953-307-317-0, 378 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published July 08, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1029

Human beings need to breathe oxygen diluted in certain quantity of inert gas for living. In the atmosphere, there is a gas mixture of, mainly, oxygen and nitrogen, in appropriate proportions. However, the air also contains other gases, vapours and aerosols that humans incorporate when breathing and whose composition and concentration vary spatially. Some of these are physiologically inert. Air pollution has become a problem of major concern in the last few decades as it has caused negative effects on human health, nature and properties. This book presents the results of research studies carried out by international researchers in seventeen chapters which can be grouped into two main sections: a) air quality monitoring and b) air quality assessment and management, and serves as a source of material for all those involved in the field, whether as a student, scientific researcher, industrialist, consultant, or government agency with responsibility in this area.