Air Pollution Monitoring Strategies and Technologies for Urban Areas

  • Thomas A. J. KuhlbuschEmail author
  • Ulrich Quass
  • Gary Fuller
  • Mar Viana
  • Xavier Querol
  • Klea Katsouyanni
  • Paul Quincey
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 26)


Current ambient air quality monitoring is solely based on fixed monitoring sites, not always reflecting the exposure and effects on humans. This article reviews the current situation in Europe, the USA and Asia and discusses the main differences and similarities. Based on the analysis of the relation between monitoring techniques and strategies as well as the analysis of current trends and developments in monitoring strategies, new concepts and directions of future urban monitoring networks and strategies are presented and discussed.


Air quality regulation Future developments Technology trends Urban air quality monitoring 



This chapter was in part sponsored by the EU Project AirMonTech (Project Number) with TK, PQ, UQ, MV and KK being members.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. J. Kuhlbusch
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Ulrich Quass
    • 1
  • Gary Fuller
    • 3
  • Mar Viana
    • 4
  • Xavier Querol
    • 4
  • Klea Katsouyanni
    • 5
  • Paul Quincey
    • 6
  1. 1.IUTA e.V., Air Quality & Sustainable NanotechnologyDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE)DuisburgGermany
  3. 3.King’s College London, Environmental Research GroupLondonUK
  4. 4.Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDÆA-CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.Department of Hygiene and EpidemiologyUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  6. 6.National Physical LaboratoryTeddingtonUK

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