A multi-pollutant methodology to locate a single air quality monitoring station in small and medium-size urban areas

  • Marta Doval Miñarro /
  • Daniel Bañón /
  • José A. Egea /
  • Isabel Costa-Gómez /
  • Antonia Baeza Caracena
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Environmental Pollution
  • Volumen: 266
  • Fecha: 01 November 2020
  • ISSN: 18736424 02697491
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115279
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
© 2020 Elsevier LtdAir quality management is underpinned by continuous measurements of concentrations of target air pollutants in monitoring stations. Although many approaches for optimizing the number and location of air quality monitoring stations are described in the literature, these are usually focused on dense networks. However, there are small and medium-size urban areas that only require one monitoring station but also suffer from severe air pollution. Given that target pollutants are usually measured at the same sampling points; it is necessary to develop a methodology to determine the optimal location of the single station. In this paper, such a methodology is proposed based on maximizing an objective function, that balances between different pollutants measured in the network. The methodology is applied to a set of data available for the city of Cartagena, in southeast Spain. A sensitivity analysis reveals that 2 small areas of the studied city account for 80% of the optimal potential locations, which makes them ideal candidates for setting up the monitoring station. The methodology is easy to implement, robust and supports the decision-making process regarding the siting of fixed sampling sites. © 2020 Elsevier LtdThis paper describes an easy-to-use methodology to find out the optimum location for setting up a single air quality monitoring station, especially useful for small and medium-size urban areas.

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