Future Prospects for Air Quality Management in the 21st Century

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1343

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Interests: non-exhaust emissions; road transport; air quality and impacts; clean and sustainable cities; energy transition; renewable energy technologies; modeling and numerical simulation; control theory
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will contribute to addressing air-quality management (AQM) in the future, considering the existing state of the art. Its main objective is to analyze the influence of the interactions between different factors providing science-based knowledge, new approaches and solutions in air-quality management. This should stimulate projects and decisions that will challenge AQM in the coming years to improve current tools or policies. Papers should consider approaches using qualitative and/or quantitative forecasts and analysis at the local, regional, or broader levels. They can suggest alternative policy scenarios, quantifiable, technical and normative works, AQM, and ecosystems protection. Authors may also include forecasts, policy alternatives related to criteria pollutants and air toxics, and the various ways in which climate, air quality, emerging societal issues, and environmental policy interact.

Papers suggesting modeling works, with a decision-making objective, must consider limitations and uncertainties. The latter, inherent in the forecasts, must be sufficiently documented. Papers providing a literature review that addresses the quantitative emissions and air-quality forecasts from a variety of sources, and how they are managed by decision-makers, are welcome. It is encouraged to suggest alternative views and to identify potential issues that have not been highlighted here. Management planning, resilience assessment, and case studies based on multidisciplinary works will also be accepted.

Submissions must relate to the following topics:

  • Future air-quality management scenarios;
  • Environmental priorities in a changing political landscape;
  • Multi-agent systems of AQM;
  • Airborne toxic substances and scales of influence;
  • AQM and health effects—threshold analysis;
  • Impacts of current control measures;
  • Economic growth and human interaction with AQM;
  • Smart growth and the built environment;
  • Environmental security;
  • Environmental perspectives of transportation electrification.

Prof. Dr. Salah Khardi
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  • air-quality management
  • air quality and impacts
  • pollutants measurement
  • pollution modeling
  • environmental security
  • environemantal policy
  • environmental management planning
  • resilience assessment and mobility

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Using Citizen Science to Manage Odour Emissions in National IED Plants: A Systematic Review of the Scientific Literature
by Francesca Mauro and Roberto Borghesi
Atmosphere 2024, 15(3), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos15030302 - 28 Feb 2024
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The potential of citizen science to address complex issues has been recognized since the 1990s. However, the systematic integration of public opinion in research has been developed only recently, thanks to the spread of questionnaire web-based surveys and artificial intelligence techniques for data [...] Read more.
The potential of citizen science to address complex issues has been recognized since the 1990s. However, the systematic integration of public opinion in research has been developed only recently, thanks to the spread of questionnaire web-based surveys and artificial intelligence techniques for data elaboration. Starting from this point, we decided to investigate the literature published in Scopus during the decade 2013–2023, regarding citizen science applications for environmental purposes. More specifically, the focus of our study was to evaluate citizen science’s benefits and limitations for managing odour emissions in national industrial plants, as well as to discuss the potential integration of a participatory approach in such a field. In fact, according to European Directive 2010/75/EU, the integrated environmental permits released to reduce industrial pollution should also encourage strong public participation. In this systematic review we first applied the principles of PRISMA methodology to select the most significant papers. Then, we discuss the results of 14 publications, through bibliometric statistics and meta-analysis. Only three of them were discovered to have a specific focus on odour emissions. Overall, we pinpointed the main advantages and limitations of citizen science applied to odour pollution management, to open the door for further research. Full article
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