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Presentation from EPA Transboundary Research Workshop, Galway, 8th and 9th September 2010.

Presentation from EPA Transboundary Research Workshop, Galway, 8th and 9th September 2010.

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Ireland’s Transboundary Monitoring Network and EMEP Strategy - Michael Geever, NUIG Ireland’s Transboundary Monitoring Network and EMEP Strategy - Michael Geever, NUIG Presentation Transcript

  • Ireland’s Transboundary Monitoring Network and EMEP Strategy
    Michael Geever, NUI, Galway
  • Background - Europe
    1979 Geneva UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)
    Several protocols agreed:
    Sulphur reduction, NOx, VOCs, heavy metals, POPs, etc.
    European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP)
    EMEP
    Main objective: “regularly provide governments and subsidiary bodies with qualified scientific information”
    Emissions: collection of emission data
    Measurements: air and precipitation quality
    Modelling: atmospheric transport and deposition
  • Background - Ireland
    Initially monitoring sites run by Met Eireann
    Valentia (1980)
    Mace Head (Ozone since 1988)
    Turloch Hill, The Burren, Ridge of Capard (1991, 1997 to 2003)
    EMEP monitoring strategy 2004 – 2009
    Three levels of monitoring sites:
    Level 1: long-term basic chemical and physical measurements
    Level 2: further chemical speciation, higher temporal resolution
    Level 3: Research driven, campaign data
    Strategy required four Level 1 sites for Ireland
    View slide
  • Transboundary site development in Ireland
    Project developed through the EPA/ERC (Environmental Research Centre)
    Key considerations:
    Geographical coverage
    Access
    Automated operation and management
    Co-operation with Met Eireann
    Chemical analysis of filter and precipitation samples
    Site network complements the EPA Air Quality Monitoring
    View slide
  • Transboundary Sites
    Carnsore Point
    EPA
    Wexford
    EPA, Johnstown Castle
    Oak Park
    Teagasc
    Malin Head
    Met Eireann
    Glenveagh
    NPWS
    Mace Head
    NUI, Galway
  • Instrumentation at Transboundary sites
  • Transboundary Monitoring Network
    System developed and deployed in 2004
    Automated instrument control and data acquisition
    Standard operating procedures for filter changes, sample collection and instrument maintenance developed
    System for regular transmission of data to central server
    Requirement for ongoing work
    Further consolidate established sites
    Continuous running and maintenance of sites
    Analysis of data sets
    Further development of sites and measurements
  • Current work
    Fellowship: “Instrumentation, Data Systems and Analysis”
    Operational support for existing measurements
    Regular site visits
    Instrument maintenance and calibration
    Documentation – site and instrument operational logs
    Data systems
    Further development of data acquisition systems
    Development of data transmission and archival
    Development of data visualization systems
    Analysis and reporting
    Analysis of existing data sets
    Development of scientific relevant research
    Publication of results in scientific press
  • Data Systems Development
    Evaluate existing systems
    Old PC’s running MS Windows 2000
    Data acquisition and local visualization software: Labview
    Data transmission to central server for archival
    New developments
    New PC’s running Linux (Centos 5)
    Development of data acquisition applications
    Development of local data visualization – R scripts
    Regular data transmission to central server – rsync
    Preliminary automated data processing – R scripts
    Online data visualization on web site: www.txb.ie
  • Data Systems Overview
  • Malin Head – Met Eireann
  • Malin Head
  • Malin Head - Transboundary
  • Malin Head - instruments
  • Carnsore Point – aerial view
  • Carnsore Point – lab location
  • Carnsore Point - labs
  • Carnsore Point - labs
  • Carnsore Point - instruments
  • Future Work
    Complete instrumentation and data systems
    Establish regular schedule of calibrations
    Data analysis – historic and new data
    Further web site development – online real-time data visualization
    Provide quality assured data to EMEP database
    Measurement site development
    Research development