Vol. 22, No.3, May 2000
2000, Vol. 22
No. 3 (May)
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Vol. 22, No. 3
Books and Publications
New Book from
the World Health Organization
Monitoring Ambient Air Quality for Health Impact
(WHO Regional Publications, European
Series, No. 85), WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999, 196 pages (available in English only), ISBN 92-890-1351-6, CHF
62.-/USD 55.80, Order No. 1310085.
Air quality assessment is frequently driven by
the need to determine whether a standard or guideline has been exceeded,
but it should also provide the information needed to estimate population
exposure to air pollution and the effects on the health of the population.
Most air quality monitoring systems do not fully address population
exposure to toxic air pollution. Health impact assessment combines
estimates of population exposure with information on toxicity. Given
the importance of the availability of valid information on population
exposure to air pollutants, the WHO European Centre for Environment
and Health organized a working group to define the features of monitoring
networks that allow their use in assessing the potential exposure
of the population to air pollution from ambient air. This work resulted
in this book. The principles outlined are intended to promote progressive
modification of the networks monitoring air quality to improve their
usefulness for health impact assessment.
This book is directed specifically to network
managers, to those who design new networks or modify existing ones,
to policymakers, and to those who influence policy.