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This paper deals with air quality indicators. First, the concept of air pollution is introduced and main features of air pollutants are discussed. Features considered are: definition and general concepts, unit, natural and man-made emission sources, diffusion and transport, lifetime in the atmosphere and sinks, effects (local, global, on human health and on vegetation), reference values according to regulations and guidelines. Then, the most important air pollutants are examined with reference to the above features. Finally, the indicator reference values according to EU directives, Italian legislation and WHO guidelines are reported. The paper is intended as a reference document to implement the Air module of the informatic tool INES-EIA being developed at the JRC Ispra to support Environmental Impact Assessment of technological plants. It can also be used as a source of reference data on air quality indicators in performing a wide range of environmental studies.

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Authors: ZANETTA A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15864 EN (1994) 74pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199411112 / Last updated on: 1995-03-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en