An Introduction to the Science Projects
Air pollution is an important urban problem and various projects are investigating its causes and possible prevention strategies. For example in Port Talbot on the South Wales Coast airborne particles are derived from the M4 traffic, as well as various industrial sources. Air samples are being collected to determine the types and sizes of the particles and where they come from. Some particles from Port Talbot are shown in the scanning electron microscope image below
Urban ecosystems are affected by the quality of air water and soil. Urban habitats are important areas of biodiversity, and the value of this resource and potential threatening impacts of pollutants need to be assessed. It is vital to be able to accurately map and monitor changes in the wide range of surface types within urban areas.
All of the URGENT Projects are contributing to urban research into
The science areas are by nature interlinked, and strong collaboration between the projects is encouraged with one cross-cutting project on Environmental Information Systems also adding to this integration.
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