Carbonaceous aerosols are the major, dominant component of particulate matter in the polluted atmosphere and comprise a vast range of species. Their composition, simplified, spans the range from Organic Carbon to Black or Elemental Carbon.
Black carbon is a short-lived climate pollutant with a lifetime of only days to weeks after release in the atmosphere. During this short period of time, black carbon can have significant direct and indirect impacts on the climate, the cryosphere (snow and ice), and agriculture. Black carbon and its co-pollutants are key components of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution, the leading environmental cause of poor health and premature deaths.
Many state, national and regional networks across the Globe measure Black Carbon for a long time, each focusing on different and specific local and regional impacts of air pollution. Black carbon emissions have been decreasing over the past decades in many developed countries due to stricter air quality regulations. By contrast, emissions are increasing rapidly in many countries where air quality is not sufficiently measured, understood, or regulated.
FOCUS OF THE EVENT
This online event is aimed at raising awareness of Carbonaceous aerosol air pollution and the need for online measurements. The focus will remain on Black Carbon since Speakers will present objectives their network started with Black Carbon measurements (with early installations of AE22, AE31, AE33) many years ago. Further, you will hear how these measurements lead to a better understanding of air pollution in general, and positive impacts on the community.
- Why measure BC or CM?
- Drivers to start measuring BC
- Trends and observations
- Engagement with local partners and communities: municipalities, agencies, institutes, universities
- Benefits of online vs. offline measurements
- Future expectations
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Public health professionals, Policy makers and regulators from Local authorities and Environment agencies, Environmental managers and regulators, Government officers, Local authority officers, Regulatory Affairs Managers and Directors, Laboratory Scientists, Senior Analysts, Field Sampling Management Organizations, QA/QC Managers, Air Quality consultants, and Indoor Air specialists.