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POLICY USES OF MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS OF AMBIENT AIR POLLUTANTS USING ONLINE AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATION AT PUNJAGUTTA
Koppaka V. Ramani Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board

ABSTRACT

In recent years, research on air quality has increasingly become an issue of critical importance in view of the accumulating evidence showing the adverse effects of pollution on human health, agricultural crops, man-made environments and ecosystems. The application of decision support tools is an opportunity to improve the ambient air quality and planning for the larger cities in India. Comprehensive systems should ideally include air quality monitoring systems, emission inventory databases, air quality exposure mapping, and impact assessment of different traffic abatement measures with real time information to the public as well as forecasts for e.g. next day air quality levels. The present paper highlights the temporal and seasonal variations of air pollutants studied at the online air quality monitoring station, Punjagutta, Hyderabad and their policy uses. The data for air quality parameters such as Sulphur dioxide, Nitric oxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Carbon monoxide, Ozone, Mercaptans, Hydrocarbons, Hydrogen sulfide and Particulate matter are analyzed. The data analyzed consisted of continuous data of every ½ hour during peak hours and 1 hour’s duration during non-peak hours of the day. The pollutant concentrations for nitrogen dioxide, ozone, mercaptans, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter are studied at the monitoring station.

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