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Emerging Scientific Decision-making For Designating Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) In The United Kingdom

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR010311

Volume

47

Pages

9

Published

2001

Size

918 kb

Author(s)

N.K. Woodfield, J.W.S. Longhurst, C.I. Beattie & D.P.H. Laxen

Abstract

Emerging scientific decision-making for designating air quality management areas (AQMAs) in the United Kingdom N.K. Woodfield*, J.W.S. Longhurst\ C.I. Seattle* & D.P.H. Laxen^ ^Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, Air Quality Consultants Ltd., UK Abstract Across much of the United Kingdom, local authorities have completed their first phase of local air quality review and assessment work, as required under the Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland \ Emerging from this first phase work is an anticipated suite of over 110 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs), differing in their spatial extent and shape. Local authorities are guided to use a variety of scientific tools to underpin the scientific assessments, and a consideration of uncertainty in both the tools used and subsequent delineation of AQMAs are likely to affect the emerging management areas significantly. 1 Introduction Local government in the United

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