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Air pollution has been recognised as the worlds top problem in many strategic environmental policies. However, it is still inadequately corroborated by regulatory monitoring due to the balance between costs and practicable constraints. The variability in air pollution patterns additionally emphasises a need for feasible approaches to extensive screening of pollutants. To achieve highly temporally -- and spatially -- resolved measurements, biomonitoring (ie: the use of living organisms to determine changes in the environment has been utilised in the investigating of a complementary method to regulatory measurements). The book aims to give reviews of research over the last decade of the most recommended organisms for monitoring airborne inorganic and organic pollutants. Naturally growing mosses and lichens have been used as passive biomonitors of long-term atmospheric deposition of the pollutants across remote areas. To overcome scarcity of these biomonitors in anthropogenically devastated areas, an active biomonitoring approach has been investigated. Specifically, the use of moss and lichen bags represents a convenient technique for easily performed biomonitoring of short-term and small-scale pollutant distribution, especially in urban and industrial areas. As a new direction in biomonitoring, magnetic properties of the biomonitors have been investigated as a valuable proxy for ambient particle pollution. This book moves beyond the attempt to promote biomonitoring as an effective approach for screening air quality that should be considered for implementation into laws and regulations against air pollution. Finally, the authors review the latest research in the field of air pollution biomonitoring, which is vital for everyone engaged in solving environmental issues.
|Publication date:||1st December 2016|
|Author:||Dr Mira Anicic Uroevic|
|Publisher:||Nova Science Publishers Inc|
|Categories:||Pollution & threats to the environment, Environmental management, Pollution control,|
Dr. Mira Anicic Uroevic is an Associate Research Professor at the Environmental Physics Laboratory, Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She finished the Faculty of Biology, and got Master and PhD degrees at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade. Her main research focus is on passive, and especially, active moss biomonitoring of airborne inorganic and organic pollutants. She is multidisciplinary oriented and well experienced in urban air quality investigations, including application of different physical and chemical techniques for pollutant determination in environmental samples. Her research activities also involve the project leadership and management, Master & PhD Theses Supervision ...More About Dr Mira Anicic Uroevic