Special Issue "Atmospheric Pollution and Air Quality Monitoring: Bioindication and Bioaccumulation"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 July 2023 | Viewed by 177

Special Issue Editor

Department of Mathematics and Physics, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, 81100 Caserta, Italy
Interests: radiocarbon; mosses; bryophytes; particulate matter; environmental pollution; radionuclides; heavy metals; metal adsorption

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The contamination of the atmosphere and the improvement of air quality still represent huge and pressing issues for the entire globe. They pose a challenge in terms of management and mitigation and require the deep investigation of pollutant concentrations and forms, their emission sources, and of their behavior in the various environmental compartments. Data on air quality provided by estimations and by conventional, law-regulated monitoring devices (e.g., passive samplers, continuous analyzers) can be inadequate to cover the whole range of pollutants present in the atmosphere, and to properly describe their spatial and temporal trends, especially due to their high cost and technical constraints.

To overcome these limitations, biomonitoring can provide qualitative and quantitative data on air quality at different spatial and temporal scales by using economic, easy-to-manage, and eco-friendly methods. Organisms such as algae, bryophytes, higher plants, lichens, and insects can be used, by virtue of peculiar morphological and physiological characteristics, as bioindicators or bioaccumulators to obtain quantitative and qualitative information about airborne chemical compounds (e.g., heavy metals, organic molecules, particulate matter) which play a crucial role in determining air pollution. The use of biomonitors can help to increase the density measurement points, and to individuate pollution sources and areas with high pollutant exposure risk. Nevertheless, although they are widely applied, biomonitoring techniques often lack standardization, and the mechanisms underlying the uptake of air pollutants by biomonitors are scarcely investigated.

In this Special Issue, we call for contributions that address the use of biomonitors for the evaluation of air pollution, the implementation and standardization of the biomonitoring techniques, and the comparison between different biomonitors or different air quality monitoring methodologies. For this Special Issue, we encourage the submission of research papers based on topics including, but not limited to, the characterization of biomonitor features involved in pollutant uptake, as well as the description of the monitored air pollutants in terms of the nature, properties and mechanisms of transfer between environmental compartments.

Dr. Anna Di Palma
Guest Editor

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  • biomonitors
  • contaminants
  • environmental pollution
  • air quality
  • airborne dust
  • pollutant uptake
  • air monitoring
  • PMs
  • metals

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