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Implementing Green Infrastructure for Air Pollution Abatement: General Recommendations for Management and Plant Species Selection

Kumar, P., Abhijith, K.V. and Barwise, Y. (2019) Implementing Green Infrastructure for Air Pollution Abatement: General Recommendations for Management and Plant Species Selection Documentation. University of Surrey.

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Abstract

Green infrastructure (GI) includes trees, hedges, individual shrubs, green walls, and green roofs. GI offers many different benefits or services, including flood risk mitigation, microclimate regulation, carbon sequestration, improved health and wellbeing and – the focus of this document – air pollution abatement. Air pollution comprises variable quantities of many different types of pollutants, including gaseous pollutants, such as nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), which is composed of particles such as black carbon (BC). Road traffic is a dominant source of air pollution in urban areas globally. In near-road environments, vegetation can act as a barrier between traffic emissions and pedestrians (figure below), by collecting pollutants and/or redirecting the flow of polluted air.

This document summarises best practice regarding GI implementation for improved urban air quality and reduced pedestrian exposure to air pollution. Generic (i.e. not site-specific) recommendations are offered for typical urban environments. These recommendations are based upon contemporary scientific evidence and knowledge, and may therefore be subject to modification as the evidence base develops. This guidance document consolidates major findings from relevant publications, including a detailed report on the relationship between vegetation and urban air quality, review articles and other guidance documents.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kumar, P.P.Kumar@surrey.ac.uk
Abhijith, K.V.
Barwise, Y.e.barwise@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2019
Funders : European Union's Horizon 2020, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), University of Surrey
DOI : 10.6084/m9.figshare.8198261.v3
Grant Title : iSCAPE (Improving Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe) project (H2020-SC5-04-2015)
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2019 10:56
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2019 10:56
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852553

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