Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency Crafts Unique System for Modelling Air Quality

Last Updated on December 18, 2023 by News Editor

Abu Dhabi now has a comprehensive, multi-theme air quality modeling system courtesy of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The biggest environmental hazard to human health, according to EAD’s Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Sector, Eng. Faisal Al Hammadi, is air pollution. In order to properly manage air quality and support the identification and selection of actions to minimize pollution and protect the health of people and the environment, he expressed the necessity of evidence-based tools and processes.

EAD’s Pioneering Approach: Comprehensive Air Quality Modeling System Solutions for Abu Dhabi

The system will lessen public exposure to air pollution, support the improvement of air quality throughout Abu Dhabi, and support regulation through the assessment of cumulative air quality impacts projected from new facilities and urban development projects.

It will help assess the effectiveness of future action plans and policies and give expert technical help, training, and capacity building so that pollution hotspots with high levels of pollutants can be found and detailed annual air quality maps can be made for the whole emirate.

The maps of the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s air quality will add to EAD’s network of monitoring stations for ambient air quality and help with the review of dispersion models for Environmental Impact Assessments.

Also, the new modeling system will help evaluate plans, rules, and strategies for controlling air pollution so that they can achieve and keep the air quality at a good level. It will also make predictions about how the air quality will change in the future based on different regional planning choices.

Along with improving scientific understanding and research into the quality of the air in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, with an emphasis on ozone and particulate matter, it will also result in public air quality forecasts.

In an effort to strengthen the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s capacity to guarantee improved air quality, Al Hammadi emphasized the creation of a customized air quality modeling system. He highlighted that cutting-edge technologies and science-based decision-making would balance social welfare, environmental preservation, and economic prosperity. The new system will also help with air quality forecasts, public awareness, and addressing climate and odor impacts. It has the immediate ability to support permitting activities, compliance review, and the development of future scenarios. 

Furthermore, the air quality modeling system will support the assessment of human exposure to air pollution, the creation of reliable databases and tools for atmospheric emission inventories, including air and greenhouse gas emissions, and the acceleration of decision-making in environmental emergencies.

Ground ozone and particulate matter are the two main pollutants in Abu Dhabi. Over the past few years, an increase in concentrations of sulfur dioxide has been detected in the Al Dhafra Region. However, overall, levels of sulfur dioxide are within UAE standards over the majority of the ambient air quality monitoring network.

Takeaways

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s (EAD’s) sophisticated air quality modeling system will help assess and regulate the cumulative impact of urban development projects on air quality. 

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