1st NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON AIR QUALITY

Centre for Atmospheric Research, National Space Research and Development Agency, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Anyigba

13th – 16th March 2018

Theme: Air Quality Research and Sustainable Development: The Nexus, Prospects and Challenges.

Introduction
In recent years, several cities in the West African sub-region have reportedly experienced significant increase of anthropogenic emissions of air pollutants due to increase in human population. The massive economic and population growth and urbanization are expected to lead to a tripling of anthropogenic emissions in Southern West Africa (SWA) between 2000 and 2030, the impacts of which on human health, ecosystems, food security and the regional climate are largely unknown. Particularly in Nigeria, explosive population growth and its attendant rural-to-urban migration coupled with industrial expansions has led to excessive emission of wide range of air pollutants including PMs, SO2, NOx and CO into the atmospheric environment.  Several epidemiological and toxicological studies have shown that short- and long-term exposures to air pollutants such have adverse effects on human health and the environment (flora and fauna). NOx and SO2 are known to increase susceptibility to respiratory infections among children and elderly and also increase airway responsiveness in asthmatic individuals. CO is known to cause tissue hypoxia thereby reducing the blood capacity to transfer oxygen. In the long run, continuous exposures to these air pollutants concentrations lead to respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, and eventually, increased mortality rate.  It is however highly disturbing that in Nigeria these air pollutants, considering the extent of their health impact, are mostly released into the environment in an uncontrolled and unregulated manner from most industrial facilities, vehicles, municipal waste dumpsites and even from home micro-environment. This problem is exacerbated by lack of in-situ measurements to monitor pollutants concentrations obviously due to fiscal, temporal and spatial constraints at all possible locations of interest. As such there is dire lack of reference information for appropriate air quality policy and planning in Nigeria.

The 1st National Air Quality Workshop therefore aims at analyzing the present air quality scenario in Nigeria by bringing together researchers and policy makers from all professional cadres working on different aspects of Air Quality issues. Gathering expertise from a wide spectrum of interest, the Centre of Atmospheric Research, Anyigba hopes to chart a sustainable National Air Quality Observation Network by ensuring sustainable research capacity in the field of air quality monitoring and health impact assessment, providing capacity building for personnel in the field of air quality management and develop an effective information flow between empirical results and the general populace.

Sub-Themes

  1. Atmospheric Aerosol Monitoring and Chemical Characterization
  2. Air Pollution: Observational Techniques, Modeling and National Air Quality Index
  3. Implications of Air Pollution on Health Care, Food Security, Environment and Socio-Economic Development
  4. Nuclear Analytical and Wet Chemistry Techniques in Air Quality Studies
  5. Effects of Surface Turbulent Exchange on Pollutants Transport and Deposition
  6. Activities and Feedback Mechanism of Air Quality Related Agencies: Health, Environment, Industry, Non-governmental Organizations etc.
  7. Air Quality: Legislation and advocacy

Timelines
Tuesday 13th March, 2018: Participants’ Arrival
Wednesday 14th March, 2018:

  • Opening Ceremony Keynote Addresses/Special Lectures
  • Facility Tour of Centre for Atmospheric Research, Anyigba
  • Technical Sessions

Thursday 15th March, 2018: Technical Sessions, Communique
Friday 16th March, 2018:  Participants’ Departure

Abstract Submission
Abstract should be written in MS Word and not more than 300 words with 1.5 spacing. Unless extremely important, referencing is not required in the abstract and must be submitted in English Language only. Authors should please provide a maximum of 5 keywords. All submission should be made online via this webpage

Deadline
Deadline for application and submission abstract is 11.59 pm local time on 16th February, 2018

Enquiries:   Email: AQ2018@carnasrda.com

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