A survey method towards an effective emission monitoring within the urban environment: a case study in the port of Naples (Italy)
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Volume 1 (2018), Issue 1
1 - 13
MARCO CASAZZA, GIORGIO VARCHETTA, NICOLA PIROZZI, ROBERTA TETA, SERGIO ULGIATI & MASSIMILIANO LEGA
Pollution monitoring in the urban environment is an issue of paramount importance both for public health and for the environment, and in relation to the need of finding adequate solutions towards a more sustainable lifestyle. This is particularly true in the case of areas where specific activities or intense emissions occur. This is the case, for example, of ports. In fact, harbours are important for economic and social development of coastal areas, but they also represent an anthropogenic source of emissions, often located near urban centres and industrial areas. In order to define the characteristics and the boundaries of these critical areas, a method for conducting a survey has been defined and tested. The purpose of this work is to define a methodological approach for particulate matter (PM) monitoring of a given extended source. This article introduces a specific case study in the port of Naples (Southern Italy). A preliminary survey approach for defining the setup and operational conditions for a monitoring network has been defined. In this research a key role is played by the use of innovative devices, having a higher spatial and temporal resolution with respect to standard reference instruments, which already proved to be effective means in supporting the survey actions.
3D monitoring, air pollution, environmental monitoring, harbour, PM, port