What is air quality management?
Urban air pollution affects the health, well-being and life chances of hundreds of million men, women and children in Asia every day. It is responsible for an estimated 537,000 premature deaths annually with indoor air being responsible for over double this number of deaths. It is often the poor and socially marginalized who tend to suffer disproportionately form the effects of deteriorating air quality due to living near sources of pollution.
The ultimate goal of air quality management is to ensure that air pollution concentrations do not exceed defined target levels (e.g. air quality standards, target values for outdoor air quality), and that human health and the environment are essentially protected. Air quality management comprises the process of monitoring and control of air emissions to eliminate or limit the impact on the population and the environment. Appropriate policies and strategies to prevent and control air pollution need to be developed and implemented with the support of numerous stakeholders from government institutions, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and private organisations.
What will you learn from the Foundation Course?
The Foundation Course has been compiled by an international team of air pollution specialists and aims to provide the student with a good grounding in the mains issue relevant to each aspect of air quality management. It provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic components required to formulate a programme to manage urban air pollution and to achieve better air quality. The Foundation Course consists of six modules:
|1. Urban Air Pollution in Asia
6. Governance and Policies
Each module is divided into a number of sections devoted to a different aspect of the issue together with examples and key references. By working through the six modules you will gradually achieve a higher level of understanding of urban air pollution and the measures taken to monitor air quality and to prevent and control urban air pollution.
The Foundation Course will provide you with an understanding of the: