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Principles of Air Quality and Emissions Management

This course provides a practical grounding in the principles of air quality assessment, measurement , modelling, control and regulation. It includes reference to greenhouse gas emissions and provides an overview of current climate science and developments in carbon emissions control.

Air quality management operates at scales from the facility level, to the regional airshed to the total atmosphere. The course will make use of case studies and provide some practical skills, and is presented by experienced practitioners.

Issues addressed


  • What is air quality and what affects it ? Learn about the nature of air pollution and emission sources:
    • The range of air pollutants, including common industrial emissions.
    • Natural and anthropogenic emission sources.
    • How do we know if air is polluted?
    • Air quality standards and goals.
  • Emission sources and their behaviours : Learn how human activity leads to a range of air emissions and their characteristics:
    • Major emissions-generating activities and source types
    • Typical source behaviours and their implications
    • Case studies: Industrial emissions; dust from mining activity.
  • Greenhouse gases: sources and effects on climate: A quick review of the latest science on global warming and its causes:
    • Main sources and their behaviours
    • What the science really says about warming and human influence
  • Source sampling and measurement issues: Understand emissions measurement and some practical issues affecting data quality:
    • Source measurement: stack testing, area and volume source sampling
    • Examples of source measurement challenges
    • Quality assurance and reporting for source measurement.
  • Ambient air quality measurement: Air quality measurement and practical issues affecting quality:
    • Standard methods and emerging technologies
    • Siting and maintenance issues, including remote areas
    • Quality assurance and reporting for source measurement
  • Emissions estimation: How to estimate emissions and model their impacts:
    How much data is needed to understand emissions behaviour?

    • Surrogate emissions data
    • Emissions variations in time and space
    • Best estimates of emission rates: from fixed values to time-varying models
    • Examples of method comparisons
  • Principles of air quality modelling: With a combination of theory and hands-on application, learn about the fundamentals of air quality modelling:
    • Atmospheric factors influencing air quality
    • Basic dispersion model formulation
    • Hands-on workshop session to appreciate the basics of modelling and understanding model results

Day 2 Regulation and Management

  • Impact assessment principles: Learn about the elements and issues of air quality impact assessment:
    • Technical framework for assessment
    • Defining a future activity
    • Baseline and context
    • Using and interpreting model predictions
    • Assessment criteria
    • Stakeholder perspectives, with case studies
  • Regulatory approaches to air pollution management: Focus on recent trends in regulating air quality:
    • Legislative frameworks
    • Implementation of policies and associated practical problems
    • Conditions of approval and management plans
    • Monitoring, compliance and prosecution
    • Planning for cumulative impacts: case studies
  • Greenhouse gas management: We look at the latest developments in greenhouse gas management:
    • Existing and proposed legislation and policies: how effective ?
    • The price of carbon and the value of emissions quantification
    • Monitoring and compliance needs in a priced regime
    • What are emitters doing ?
  • Control technologies and design principles: Survey the range of methods commonly used to limit air emissions:
    • The relative importance of design and management
    • Engineering solutions to reduce emissions, including filtration, scrubbing, incineration
    • Improving dispersion to reduce impacts
    • Examples from various industries
  • Practical management principles: Maintenance and housekeeping:
    • Examples of management programs
    • How systems can fail
    • Real-time and predictive management approaches

What do you get

  • Access to leading Australian practitioners in air quality management
  • Course notes and resource material
  • Workshop sessions based on real case study material and exercises
  • Practical understanding and tools to help you address air quality management problems in your workplace

Who should attend

Anyone wanting an excellent introduction to the principles of air quality and emissions management. Including environmental managers, air quality managers, regulatory agency officers, local government environmental officers and consultants.

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event

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