MetNH3: Metrology for Ammonia in Ambient Air

Twigg, Marsailidh ORCID:; Braban, Christine ORCID:; Tang, Yuk; Kentisbeer, John; Leuenberger, Daiana; Ferracci, Valerio; Cassidy, Nathan; Martin, Nick; Pascale, Celine; Peltola, Jari; Hieta, Tumoas; Pogany, Andrea; Ebert, Volker; Persijn, Stefan; van Wijk, Janneke; Gerwig, Holger; Writz, Klaus; Tiebe, Carlo; Balslev-Harder, David; Vaittinen, Olavi; Niederhauser, Bernhard. 2015 MetNH3: Metrology for Ammonia in Ambient Air. [Poster] In: RSC AAMG Monitoring Ambient Air 2015, London, UK, 9-10 Dec 2015. (Unpublished)

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Measuring ammonia in ambient air is a sensitive and priority issue due to its harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. Ammonia is increasingly being globally acknowledged as a key precursor to atmospheric particulate matter. The European Directive 2001/81/EC on “National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants (NEC)” regulates ammonia emissions in the member states. However, due to the chemical characteristics of ambient ammonia traceable on-line measurements still have significant challenges in analytical technology, uncertainty, quality assurance and quality control (QC/QA). Currently the UK National Ammonia Monitoring Network uses an accredited off-line low temporal resolution and on-line denuder–IC methods at the UK Supersites. There is a need for traceable ammonia measurements which will be vitally important for identifying changes in environment policies, climate and agricultural practice. This in turn should lead to improvements emission inventory uncertainties and for providing independent verification of atmospheric model predictions. MetNH3 (EMRP Joint Research Project) has worked with SMEs in testing improved reference gas mixtures by static and dynamic gravimetric generation methods, develop and refine existing laser based optical spectrometric standards and establishing the transfer from high-accuracy standards to field applicable methods. The first results from the metrological characterisation of a commercially available cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) are presented and the results from a new design “Controlled Atmosphere Test Facility (CATFAC)”, which is currently characterising the performance of diffusive samplers. The range and characteristics of instruments are discussed. The plans for a major ammonia field intercomparison in 2016 will be outlined.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Dise
NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 07 Apr 2016 10:21 +0 (UTC)

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