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jillchevalier May 06, 2019 04:32 PM
I am a data scientist currently working on background pollution and I am wondering how you make the differenciation between background, traffic and industrial air quality stations.
Any help much appreciated, thanks.
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EEA May 07, 2019 11:02 AM
Dear Ms. Jill Chevalier,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Would you please be so kind as to be more specific as to the kind of information you are looking for?

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jillchevalier May 07, 2019 01:52 PM
Thank you for your quick reply.

I understand that a background air quality station measures the background pollution, traffic and industrial air quality stations will measure pollution levels more related to human activity.
I was interested in the requirements to classify an air quality station as background/traffic given its location. Do you look at the closest roads ? Is there a distance limit ? Or is it more related to the traffic in the area ?

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EEA May 08, 2019 07:26 AM
Dear Jill,

Macro and microscale criteria for sampling points siting are detailed in the Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC in Annex 3 sections B and C – pages 18 and 19 ([…]L:2008:152:0001:0044:en:PDF).

Criteria for area classification (urban, suburban and rural) can be found in[…]/IPR%20guidance_2.0.1_final.pdf – page 42.

We hope that this information will be useful to you.

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jillchevalier May 09, 2019 08:37 AM
It was exactly what I was looking for.
Thank you very much for your help!

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