Ambient Air Quality in the Czech Republic

Edited by
August 2021
348 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-1762-9 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-1761-2 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Ambient Air Quality in the Czech Republic that was published in

Chemistry & Materials Science
Environmental & Earth Sciences

Ambient air quality in the present-day Czech Republic (CR), one of the two succession countries of Czechoslovakia post-1993, was perceived as a major problem with severe human health and environmental consequences, particularly between the 1970s and 1990s. Since that time, the ambient air quality in the CR has improved substantially, due to newly introduced stringent legislation and technical countermeasures. Nevertheless, there are still activities which represent significant emission sources, such as local heating and increased vehicle travel through communities. After a substantial decrease in emissions in both the CR and its neighbouring countries, the levels of some ambient air pollutants from the 2000s are still not satisfactory. In this respect, aerosol, ground-level ozone, and benzo[a]pyrene remain major problems, as they do elsewhere in Europe. The book provides a valuable update both on time trends and spatial changes in ambient air quality, and highlights the recent activities in both monitoring and modelling of principle ambient air pollutants in the CR.

  • Hardback
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air pollution; air quality; 1950–2018; Czechoslovakia; emissions; aerosol; ground-level ozone; atmospheric deposition; health outcomes; environmental issues; particles; traffic; dispersion; PM10; pollution; F-gases; greenhouse gases; global warming potential; substitutes for ozone depleting substances; Czech Republic; microsensors; particle counter; gas analyzers; relative humidity; air pollution; mixing layer height; ceilometer; suspended particulate matter; air pollution; Czech-Polish border; air pollution; urban parks; particulate matter; nitrogen oxides; ozone; PM pollution; seasonality; air quality; meteorological conditions; source apportionment; PMF (Positive Matrix Factorization); air pollution; PM2.5; long-term trends; background scale; air quality; Czech Republic; locomotives; non-road engines; rail; diesel-electric; emissions; real-world emissions; portable on-board emissions monitoring systems; NOx; particulate matter; real driving emissions; air pollution; emissions; urban canopy; weather prediction; particulate matter; validation; PM1 aerosol; elements; water-soluble ions; factor analysis; source apportionment; benzo(a)pyrene; ambient air concentrations; spatial-temporal; long-term trends; population exposure; transboundary transport; source apportionment; PM10; meteorological factors; monitoring stations; Passing–Bablok test; regression analysis; statistical modeling; analysis of variance; air pollution; PM10; tower; high-volume sampler; wind-direction-dependent sampling; neutron activation analysis; elemental composition; cross-border pollution transport; AIR BORDER; Czech-Polish borderlands; Interreg; NO2; passive sampler; Dieselgate; Prague; traffic volume; citizen science; air quality; public policy; health effects; n/a; n/a