Special Issue "Bioindicators in Air Pollution Monitoring"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2024 | Viewed by 270

Special Issue Editors

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare (DiSTeM), Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90123 Palermo, Italy
Interests: biomonitoring; trace elements; pollen; applied botany
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of cosmopolite organisms to assess pollution has developed notably over the last few decades. Bioindicators include biological processes, species, or communities and are used to assess the quality of the environment and how it changes over time. Changes in the environment are often attributed to anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., pollution and land-use changes) and natural stressors, although anthropogenic stressors form the primary focus of bioindicator research. Such organisms consume environmental contaminants and may be used as indicators of the bioavailability of a given contaminant over time, allowing, in certain cases, comparisons to be made between contamination levels in different areas. The advantage of this method is that it’s simple and low cost, which would be impossible with conventional analyses using automatic measuring devices. Plants are particularly useful as biological indicators to evaluate air pollution because of their wide distribution and low sampling cost. Mosses and lichens have also been recognized as the most appropriate biomonitors of atmospheric heavy metals. Additionally, trees are very efficient at trapping atmospheric particles, mostly on their foliage. The concentrations of metal and metalloids in plants depend on root uptake and dry and wet depositions on outer plant organs such as foliage or bark. Therefore, the elemental analysis of plant samples has, for many years, been an alternative, easy, and effective way of conducting ecological investigations in urban areas. The method of assessing air pollution by using bioindicators is not only in constant and widespread use, but it is also continuously being developed.

This Special Issue of the journal "Atmosphere" focuses on the current state of knowledge of air pollution in anthropized and natural areas, to determine the concentrations of the main pollutants, model their spatial distributions and identify their sources, measuring their concentrations through the use of bioindicators.

New research papers, reviews, case report, and conference papers are welcome to this Special Issue.

Dr. Maria Grazia Alaimo
Dr. Daniela Varrica
Guest Editors

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  • bioindicators
  • biological monitoring
  • air pollution
  • environmental impact assessment
  • air quality
  • biomonitoring

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