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Air Pollution 2018. Twenty Sixth International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution

Casares, J.; Passerini, G.; Barnes, J. H.; Longhurst, J.W.S.; Perillo, G.


J. Casares

G. Passerini

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Dr Jo Barnes
Associate Professor of Clean Air

G. Perillo


J. Casares

G. Passerini

G. Perillo


Air Pollution 2018 is the 26th Annual Meeting in the successful series of international conferences organised by the Wessex Institute and the University of Naples Parthenope, concerned with advances in Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution.
The series started in Monterrey (1993) and continued in Barcelona (1994), Halkidiki (1995), Toulouse (1996), Bologna (1997), Genova (1998), San Francisco (1999), Cambridge (2000),
Ancona (2001), Segovia (2002), Catania (2003), Rhodes (2004), Cordoba (2005), New Forest
(2006), Algarve (2007), Skiathos (2008), Tallinn (2009), Kos (2010), Malta (2011), A Coruna (2012), Siena (2013), Split (2014),Valencia (2015), Crete (2016) and most recently convened in Cadiz in 2017 for a well-attended and stimulating meeting discussing a wide range of air pollution topics.
This important conference brings together contributions from scientists from around the world to present recent work on various aspects of air pollution phenomena. The meetings have discussed and considered many important air pollution issues and the international nature of the attendees has ensured that the conference findings and conclusions enjoy a wide and rapid dissemination amongst the air pollution science and policy communities. Air pollution sources and impacts remain one of the most challenging problems facing the international community and the series has demonstrated the wide spread nature of the air pollution phenomena and has contributed to the evolving understanding of the science and policy contexts of air pollution management.
The conference continues to meet the demands of a discerning conference audience through the quality of the science and policy presented at the meetings, the publication formats and the interesting conference venues. This series has discussed important air pollution issues at an international, national and local level and by virtue of the international composition of the delegates has brought to the discussion a unique suite of perspectives. Notable in each of the conferences in this series has been the opportunity to foster scientific exchange between participants. Each meeting has provided a further opportunity for identifying new areas of air pollution science
demanding collaborative investigation.
The conference series has consistently acknowledged that science remains the key to identifying the nature and scale of air pollution sources and impacts and reaffirmed that science is essential
in the formulation of policy relevant information for regulatory decision-making. The conference
series also acknowledged, at a very early stage, that science alone will not improve a polluted
atmosphere. The scientific knowledge derived from well-designed studies needs to be allied with further technical and economic studies in order to ensure cost effective and efficient mitigation. In
turn, the science, technology and economic outcomes are necessary but not sufficient. Increasingly,
the conference series has recognised that the outcome of such research need to be contextualised
within well formulated communication strategies that help policy makers and citizens to understand
and appreciate the risks and rewards arising from air pollution management. Consequently,
the series has enjoyed a wide range of high quality presentations that develop the fundamental
science of air pollution and an equally impressive range of presentations that places these new
developments within the frame of mitigation and management of air pollution. The peer reviewed
nature of the conference volumes enables policy makers to use the new findings with confidence
to formulate sustainable decisions and to build public acceptance and understanding of the nature
and scale of the air pollution problem.
The 26th meeting in 2018 takes place at a time when the problems of air pollution are manifesting
themselves across the world. The science to explain air pollution phenomena at different spatial
and temporal scales has continued to advance throughout the life of this series. The impacts
of air pollution on health, ecosystems and the built environment are better understood as is the
contribution of different sources to observed phenomena. However, recent public concern in many
parts of the world about the scale and consequence of air pollution exposure has not been matched
by effective air quality management interventions.
Effective policy and regulatory instruments have been designed but implementation and
enforcement has rarely been followed through with the full force of the law. This maybe because
politicians are concerned about the effect of such policies and regulations on the electorate.
Whatever the reason for inaction, concern about air pollution continues to increase in many parts
of the world particularly in major cities. Recent decisions by Paris, Mexico, Athens, Madrid and
Rome progressively to restrict certain vehicle types within the city may be the beginning of a more
coherent municipal response to such issues. However, city authorities on their own cannot deal
with the complexities and challenges of air pollution. To do so they need carefully designed and
well-integrated national and international policy and regulatory actions that share the burden of
managing air pollution at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale.
There remains much to do and the Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution
conference series continues to play an important role in providing an opportunity for an international
audience to discuss both long standing and emergent issues in air pollution science and policy.
The papers selected for presentation and published in this volume are part of The Transactions
on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). They have been archived online in the
WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to
the international scientific community. These collected papers provide an invaluable record of the
development of science and policy pertaining to air pollution.
The Editors are grateful to the University of Naples Parthenope for having hosted the meeting
in their excellent facilities. This gave the participants the occasion to visit the oldest and one
of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Naples, by its unique location and cultural heritage, has
always been open to all visitors, resulting in the right environment for holding the Air Pollution
international conference.
The Editors wish to thank the authors for their contributions to the conference and to acknowledge
the assistance of the eminent members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for their
support for the conference and in particular for their peer-reviewing of the manuscripts.
The Editors
Naples, June 2018


Casares, J., Passerini, G., Barnes, J. H., Longhurst, J., & Perillo, G. (2018). J. Casares, G. Passerini, J. Barnes, J. Longhurst, & G. Perillo (Eds.), Air Pollution 2018. Twenty Sixth International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution. WIT Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Oct 1, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 230
Series Title WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
ISBN 9781784662691
Keywords air pollution, dispersion modelling, air quality management, air pollution monitoring
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