EPA Ireland Archive of Black Smoke Monitoring Data

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Black smoke consists of fine particles suspended in air which mainly arise from the incomplete burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and peat, in the domestic, industrial or transport sectors. Open fires in dwelling houses are a major source of much of the particulate material emitted to air as smoke.

The main health concern associated with particulates is their potential effect on human health, notably the respiratory system, as particles of small size can be inhaled into and deposited in the respiratory
system and remain there for long periods of time.

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Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Team

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Att 1    LimerickCityCouncil_Smoke_2010.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 2    LouthCountyCouncil_Smoke_2009.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 3    DublinCityCouncil_Smoke_2009.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 4    DublinCountyCouncil_Smoke_2009.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 5    GalwayCityCouncil_Smoke_2009.xls   (0.03 Mb)
Att 6    LimerickCityCouncil_Smoke_2009.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 7    LouthCountyCouncil_Smoke_2008.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 8    DublinCityCouncil_Smoke_2008.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 9    DublinCountyCouncil_Smoke_2008.xls   (0.04 Mb)
Att 10    GalwayCityCouncil_Smoke_2008.xls   (0.03 Mb)

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Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationEPA Ireland Archive of Black Smoke Monitoring Data
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=05c686c2-7a0a-102b-aa08-55a7497570d3
Unique Identifier05c686c2-7a0a-102b-aa08-55a7497570d3
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-06-13

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EPA,   "EPA Ireland Archive of Black Smoke Monitoring Data". Associated datasets and digitial information objects connected to this resource are available at: Secure Archive For Environmental Research Data (SAFER) managed by Environmental Protection Agency Ireland https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=05c686c2-7a0a-102b-aa08-55a7497570d3 (Last Accessed: 2024-06-13)


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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=75
Resource KeywordsBlack Smoke, Particulate Matter, Sulphur Dioxide
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project CodeAir Quality
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeAir Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThe EPA requests an acknowledgement (in publications, conference papers, etc) from those who use information or data received from this online system, its tools and software. For clarifications on any aspect of this raw data users should contact the air quality team. A recommended citation is provided below.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 171
Project Start Date Friday 1st April 1994 (01-04-1994)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st April 1994 (01-04-1994)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 31st December 2009 (31-12-2009)
Published on SAFERFriday 23rd May 2008 (23-05-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 8th August 2012 at 11:22:11 (08-08-2012)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 8th August 2012 at 11:22:11 (08-08-2012)

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Black smoke is measuered by various Local Authorities around Ireland.

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Directive 80/779/EEC (CEC, 1980) set out smoke standards for annual and winter periods based on
median and 98-percentile concentration levels. Directive 80/779/EEC (CEC, 1980) was revoked with effect from 1 January 2005; therefore, black smoke no longer has to be measured. PM10 is the parameter now used to measure particulates and includes the black smoke particulates. Black smoke has been measured in Ireland for over 20 years and is valuable for observing trends in air quality in towns and cities. For this reason, local authorities are encouraged to continue measuring black smoke. The EPA will continue to report the results in the Annual Air Quality Indicators report.
Supplementary Information
The black smoke level is determined by the OECD black smoke method, i.e., by reflectance analysis of the stain produced on a paper filter through which the sampled air has passed.

FILENAME CONVENTION: To intuitively guide users on the data contained in each of the dataset files the FILENAMES shown abide by a simple convention. The first part of the filename corresponds to the station location where the monitoring took place, the second refers to the pollutant measured. The third part of the filename corresponds to the year of measurement. For datasets which contain data measured over two years rather than one the year provided includes the year when measurement commented at that station site. If measurement data was collected at using a mobile monitoring station the code TR will follow the pollutant name. FILE TYPES: For the most part files will be available in one of three different formats. MS Excel spreadsheet format (look for the XLS file name),Comma Separated formats (CSV file type), or plain text (TXT file type). The latter two will open in recent versions of MS Excel.
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