Source apportionment studies are mainly conducted to identify different sources of pollution, along with the level of and reasons for the pollution. This special issue will concentrate on air pollution and source apportionment studies.
Air pollution problems become complex due to the multiplicity and complexity of air polluting sources (e.g. industries, automobiles, generator sets, domestic fuel burning, road side dusts, construction activities, etc.). A cost-effective approach for improving air quality in polluted areas involves (i) identification of emission sources; (ii) assessment of the extent of contribution of these sources on the ambient environment; (iii) prioritising the sources that need to be tackled; (iv) evaluating various options for controlling the sources with regard to feasibility and economic viability; and (v) formulation and implementation of the most appropriate action plans.
Source apportionment studies are primarily based on measurements and tracking down the sources through receptor modelling, which helps in identifying the sources and the extent of their contribution. These studies are useful for policy makers by helping them to understand the sources of pollution and to chalk out strategies for its abatement and for reduction measures.
Hence, the objective of this issue is to understand the importance of source apportionment studies to air pollution-related work at a global level. The issue will also cover how data analysis could aid in understanding and formulating strategies for source apportionment studies, and also finally aid in policy and decision making procedures.
The theme areas of the issue are as follows:
- Sources and types of air pollution and its effect on day-to-day life:
- Sources, levels and types of air pollutants
- Impact of air pollution on human health and environment
- Economics of air pollution from different sources such as transportation, industries and particular pollutants.
- Traditional methods of air quality monitoring and the need for source apportionment studies:
- Traditional methods of air quality monitoring
- Source apportionment approaches and its importance to air quality monitoring
- Chemical characterisation of pollutants and its importance in data analysis and decision making
- Need for receptor modelling and molecular marker approaches
- Case studies
- Importance of dispersion modelling and statistical evaluation in source apportionment studies:
- Types of models, their application and their selection criteria
- Data evaluation, statistical evaluation through case studies
- Emission inventory:
- Need of emission inventories and methodologies
- Case studies and their applications
- Control measures of air pollution from different sources:
- Review of control measures in today’s world
- Cost benefit assessment
- Case studies and application of control measures
- Policy measures:
- Review of air quality policies across the world
- Importance of source apportionment studies in regard to policy aspects
- Need and development of site- and industry-specific policies
- Emission trading scheme and its importance in India for air pollution
- Introducing air footprint concept in policies
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Air pollution
- Indian case studies
- Emission inventory
- Dispersion modelling
- Policy aspects
- Health and environmental impact
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2013
Notification to authors: 31 July, 2013
Final versions due: 31 August, 2013