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Monitoring activities in the Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network in 2000 and 2001

Meetactiviteiten in 2000 en 2001 in het Landelijk Meetnet Luchtkwaliteit


The Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network (LML in Dutch) is one of the responsibilities of the Air Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment. The main objectives of the LML are to monitor ambient air quality, facilitate implementation of air quality standards, alert authorities and the public to pollution episodes, support validation of model results, support diagnosis using model simulation, support short-term model prognosis and assist in quantifying atmospheric deposition. Some of the information on the monitoring network consists of a periodically published report providing overviews of the monitoring stations per chemical component and maps showing station locations. Brief descriptions are given of the set-up of the network and measurement methods. Information on the development of monitoring sites per component since the LML was started in 1973; participation in international monitoring programmes is also included in the report. The monitoring programme is determined at periodic intervals in consultation with the Air Directorate of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. The program for 2000 includes monitoring the gaseous components: carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, Volatile Organic Components, Very Volatile Organic Components, carbon dioxide, methane and fluorides. Further elements in the programme are formed by particulate matter like PM10, Black Smoke, acidifying components (ammonium, chloride, nitrate, sulphate) heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc) and the chemical composition of precipitation (acidifying components, heavy metals, mercury and lindane).

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