Ireland’s Transboundary Monitoring Network and EMEP Strategy<br />Michael Geever, NUI, Galway<br />
Background - Europe<br />1979 Geneva UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)<br />Several protoco...
Background - Ireland<br />Initially monitoring sites run by Met Eireann<br />Valentia (1980)<br />Mace Head (Ozone since 1...
Transboundary site development in Ireland<br />Project developed through the EPA/ERC (Environmental Research Centre)<br />...
Transboundary Sites<br />Carnsore Point<br />EPA<br />Wexford<br />EPA, Johnstown Castle<br />Oak Park<br />Teagasc<br />M...
Instrumentation at Transboundary sites<br />
Transboundary Monitoring Network<br />System developed and deployed in 2004<br />Automated instrument control and data acq...
Current work<br />Fellowship: “Instrumentation, Data Systems and Analysis”<br />Operational support for existing measureme...
Data Systems Development<br />Evaluate existing systems<br />Old PC’s running MS Windows 2000<br />Data acquisition and lo...
Data Systems Overview<br />
Malin Head – Met Eireann<br />
Malin Head<br />
Malin Head - Transboundary<br />
Malin Head - instruments<br />
Carnsore Point – aerial view<br />
Carnsore Point – lab location<br />
Carnsore Point - labs<br />
Carnsore Point - labs<br />
Carnsore Point - instruments<br />
Future Work<br />Complete instrumentation and data systems<br />Establish regular schedule of calibrations<br />Data analy...
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Ireland’s Transboundary Monitoring Network and EMEP Strategy - Michael Geever, NUIG

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

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