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Pollution monitoring at heritage sites in developing and emerging economies

Contributor(s): AGBOTA, Henoc | STRLIC, Matija | YOUNG, ChristopherMaterial type: ArticleArticleDescription: 16 pISBN: 0039-3630Subject(s): Air quality networks | Cuestionario | Desarrollo y economías emergentes | Desenvolupament i economies emergents | Developing and emerging economies | Dosimeters | Dosímetres | Dosímetros | Eines de control de la contaminació | Environment | Estudi | Estudio | Gestió del patrimoni | Gestión del patrimonio | Heritage management | Herramientas de control de la contaminación | Medi ambient | Medición de la contaminación | Medio ambiente | Mesura de la contaminació | Patrimoni de la Humanitat | Patrimonio de la Humanidad | Pollution measurement | Pollution monitoring tools | Qüestionari | Questionnaire | Redes de calidad del aire | Survey | World heritage | Xarxes de qualitat de l'aireOnline resources: Accés en Línia In: Studies in Conservation 3 58 2, 129-144Abstract: Air quality is an important factor in the preservation of cultural heritage. Systematic air quality assessment is a requirement in most heritage conservation plans. However, apart from temperature and relative humidity, air pollution, which is another air quality parameter, is less often monitored. This is the case especially, but not only, in developing and emerging economies where the lack of air pollution data is worrying. In this paper, issues with air pollution monitoring at heritage sites in developing and emerging economies, from management to technical, are reviewed. Questionnaire responses from over 20 sites in Africa, Asia, and Latin America reveal that about eight out of ten sites have not yet considered pollution data. The responses also show that cost is not the only obstacle but that lack of awareness and insufficient technical expertise are also significant issues. Different possible solutions are reviewed and their appropriateness discussed. They range from systematic monitoring to model-based estimations. Diffusion tube measurements of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone from 11 sites are reported and discussed.
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Air quality is an important factor in the preservation of cultural heritage. Systematic air quality assessment is a requirement in most heritage conservation plans. However, apart from temperature and relative humidity, air pollution, which is another air quality parameter, is less often monitored. This is the case especially, but not only, in developing and emerging economies where the lack of air pollution data is worrying. In this paper, issues with air pollution monitoring at heritage sites in developing and emerging economies, from management to technical, are reviewed. Questionnaire responses from over 20 sites in Africa, Asia, and Latin America reveal that about eight out of ten sites have not yet considered pollution data. The responses also show that cost is not the only obstacle but that lack of awareness and insufficient technical expertise are also significant issues. Different possible solutions are reviewed and their appropriateness discussed. They range from systematic monitoring to model-based estimations. Diffusion tube measurements of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone from 11 sites are reported and discussed.

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