Questions tagged [air-quality]

Air pollution is a major issue these days and we can prevent the side-effects by checking the Air Quality in the surroundings and take some preventive measures.

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Is there any link between the weekly human cycle and weather?

I am interested in the linkage between the cyclical timing of human activity, and whether that has a direct effect on weather. Most obvious to me is the weekly cycle, which is observed by most of the ...
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What are the ranges of CO2 levels for inner cities and should CO2 be added to the air quality index?

I have a indoor CO2 monitor and putting it on my balcony it indicates values of 1400-2200 ppm for different days ? Is this even possible and what are the ranges of CO2 levels for the outside air of ...
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Does Start / Stop technology in cars have an impact on air quality? [closed]

I have repeatedly heard from various car enthusiasts that start stop technology has no benefit (or the tiniest smallest negligble benefit) to air quality so they turn it off entirely. Does it have an ...
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What are the technical solutions to measure $\ce{CO2}$ emissions?

I'm currently at COP24 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Katowice, Poland. (some editing since I took a screenshot of my laptop) I've asked some guys about $\ce{CO2}$ emissions but very ...
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Was rural visibility (air transparency) longer in pre-industrial times?

I mean meteorological visibility (as per Wikipedia, "a measure of the distance at which an object or light can be clearly discerned.") I want to know if, before modern industry (say pre-1800 A.D.), ...
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The factors should be considered to determine one specific pollutant originated from regional transportation?

Ideally, one pollutant (e.g. organic carbon, heavy metals, sulfate) should be the mixed result of local emissions and regional transportation. To quantify the contribution of local emissions is of ...
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How can I account for rainfall effects on air pollution?

How can I adjust black carbon surface mass air pollution concentrations (ug/m3) for rainfall effects? Specifically, I have monthly and daily averaged black carbon pollution data (i.e. 2.0ug/m3 Jan ...
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How Can Smog in Metropolitan Cities like Delhi & Beijing Be Reduced?

These two cities are facing the worst smog in Asia and I think in the world and people of these cities have no choice other than to wear masks when going outside. ...
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After days of smoky air, why is it healthier to stay inside?

A large wildfire has been burning for four days some distance from my town. The air is smoky, but not smokier than yesterday or the day before. General wisdom holds that we should all stay indoors. ...
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How to explain the diurnal variation for different seasons

In a recent work, I'm trying to figure out the pollution situation of my case area. Dealing with the online equipments, I have got the PM2.5 and PM10 concentration time series for a whole year. I ...
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How to relate the backward trajectories with offline particular samples?

To correlate chemicals in aerosols emanating from certain sample points, backward trajectory analysis is usually applied for identifying the potential geographical source region. In this figure ...
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What geographical areas are NOx sensitive/limited (with regard to ozone)?

Have there been any air quality modeling studies regarding the locations where ozone is considered "NOx limited" (increasing NOx increases ozone) or "NOx sensitive" (decreasing NOx increases ozone)? ...
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Does hydroxyl radical chemistry in air quality models create numerical stability problems?

Atmospheric mixing ratios of the hydroxyl radical have relatively short lifespans (on the order of microseconds). When modeling air quality or the weather, the time step is usually much larger than ...
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How to understand the bizarre high level for both PM2.5 and Ozone

Background Eastern China now (2017.01) are suffering severe haze with striking concentration of PM2.5. Haze, with low visibility and complex chemical components threatens billions of persons' health. ...
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Are there plants or bacteria that perform NO2 fixation and how relevant are they for improving local/regional air quality?

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a relevant air pollutant i.e. by contributing to the ozone (O3) production. I was wondering if there are any plats or bacteria that fix NO2. I have read that legumes fix N2, ...
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How can I test the Air Quality?

I'm unable to find good sources to make myself an AQI(Air quality Index) measuring device. All I was able to find was the way it is calculated in different regions. ...
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What's the prospect of air quality forecasting based on machine learning?

Air quality forecasting models which are useful for atmospheric scientist and government can be built based on numerical theory or statistic theory. The first approach outline the basic physics ...
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Correlation analysis with primary air pollutants and secondary formed ozone

The Ph.D dissertation Assessment of air quality in Northern China by using the COSMO-ART model in conjunction with satellite and ground-based data which was written by Stefanie Schrader in KIT German....
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The difference of vertical advection and convection process for chemistry species

In atmospheric, the change of mixing ration $C_i$ of a chemical species $i$ is determined by: $\frac{\partial C_i }{\partial t} = -\bigtriangledown (VC_i)+\frac{\partial }{\partial z}(k_z\...
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Why are “ground level” air quality monitors really on rooftops?

There are many papers that talk about the air quality at ground-level in cities, observed by air quality monitors. Some monitors are located above the building(not actually on the ground). For ...
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What's the minimum number of days needed for reporting a “monthly average” of daily satellite retrievals?

NASA's Earth Observing System produces many maps of air quality and land-surface variables, from instruments like MODIS, AIRS, OMI, VIIRS, etc. Both NASA and the scientific community produce maps of ...
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What causes smog to clear up on some days?

I notice that in my town sometimes the pollution/haze/smog sticks around on some days but then on others the sky can be completely clear. I don't necessarily see any difference between windy and non ...