New Transboundary Air Pollution Monitoring Capacity for Ireland

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The requirement for a non-urban national monitoring infrastructure was pointed to by McGettigan et al. (2000). Such monitoring provides ongoing analyses of the effectiveness of international agreements in relation to transboundary air pollutants. Such monitoring also is a requirement under the Convention
(CLRTAP). The work presented here aimed to address monitoring issues highlighted by McGovern (2002), including that on a national basis air quality monitoring has developed in a ?disparate and uncoordinated? manner (McGettigan et al., 2000) and that Aherne and Farrell (2000) point to significant limitations imposed on their
study due to the absence of national data on atmospheric levels of acidic species. The new monitoring capacity developed takes into
account geographical coverage, access, operation and management of sites. In particular, establishing an east coast site provides data on levels of pollutants transported to Ireland. The new sites are also part of the Irish contribution to the EMEP monitoring network under the Convention (CLRTAP). This network complements the EPA air quality monitoring. This project was developed through the EPA/ERC (Environmental Research Centre) in co-operation with Met Éireann. The new sites are Malin Head, Oak Park,
and Carnsore Point. They are run in co-operation with Met Éireann and Teagasc. Chemical analysis of filter samples and precipitation samples is carried out in the Met Éireann laboratory for all sites.

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Dr. Stephan Leinert

Dr. Frank McGovern
Environmental Protection Agency

Prof. Gerard Jennings
National University of Ireland, Galway

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Author(s)Leinert, S. McGovern, F. Jennings, G.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationNew Transboundary Air Pollution Monitoring Capacity for Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-16

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Resource KeywordsTransboundary, Malin Head, Oak Park, Carnsore Point, EMEP monitoring
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeAir Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceReports produced through the Environmental Research Centre are intended as contributions to inform policy makers and other stakeholders to the necessary debate on environmental protection. All or part of this publication may be reproduced without further permission, provided the source is acknowledged. The automatic citation generated below should be used in this case.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Thursday 1st April 2004 (01-04-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st April 2004 (01-04-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 1st July 2008 (01-07-2008)
Published on SAFERThursday 31st July 2008 (31-07-2008)
Date of Last EditThursday 31st July 2008 at 11:38:46 (31-07-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 31st July 2008 at 11:10:07 (31-07-2008)

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The Oak Park site is placed at the meteorological field at the Teagasc Research Facility, Oak Park, near Carlow. It is operated in co-operation with Teagasc. The placement with the meteorological site run by Met Éireann allows for additional information on meteorological data. The Oak Park site is placed at 52° 52' North, 6° 55' West, at an elevation of 59 m. The Malin Head monitoring site is placed with the Met Éireann Malin Head meteorological station. The site is placed at 55° 22' North and 7° 20' West, at 22 m elevation. The Carnsore Point monitoring station is located within the Hibernian Power wind farm, close to the meteorological mast, near wind generator No. 2. The location is 52° 11' North, 6° 22' West, at an elevation of 9 m.

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Ireland is a party to a range of European and global initiatives in relation to air pollution issues, including the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), and its Gothenburg Protocol. As a member of the European Union (EU), Ireland is subject to the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, and the Air Quality Framework Directive. Regulatory monitoring of air pollutants covered under
EU and National legislation is largely in relation to urban monitoring, and is implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local authorities. The EPA monitoring network includes suburban and rural sites. However, the monitoring of PM10 chemistry and precipitation chemistry required under the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) is outside its scope.This project was developed through the EPA/ERC (Environmental Research Centre) in co-operation with Met Éireann. The new sites are Malin Head, Oak Park, and Carnsore Point.
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The main instruments for EMEP monitoring are the
high volume sampler (HVS), for measuring inorganic
compounds in air (particles), and the precipitation sampler, for measuring inorganic compounds in precipitation.
Important links have been established to the EPA Air Quality Monitoring Team, to external research groups (e.g. Ralf Ebinghaus/GKSS for mercury monitoring in Mace Head, Simon O?Doherty/Bristol University for ODS measurements in Carnsore Point), and to the EMEP/TFMM (Task Force on Measurements and Modelling) community.
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