Project: Metrology for ammonia in ambient air

Ammonia contributes to problems such as eutrophication and acidification of land and water, leading to a reduction in soil and water quality, harm to animals and plants, and changes to the ecosystem. In humans it is associated with a high incidence of heart and lung diseases. Ammonia emissions are estimated to have doubled across Europe over the last 100 years due to changing industrial and agricultural practices such as the use of urea-based fertilisers. While regulations are in place to limit ammonia emissions, there is a lack of guidance regarding the measurement techniques and analysis that should be used to obtain the emissions data. This project will develop traceable measurements of ammonia in air and provide standards for the measurement of ammonia concentrations under ambient conditions. Validated high quality ammonia measurement data will help identify changes caused by environmental protection policies and provide independent verification of atmospheric models.

Acronym ENV55 MetNH3 (Reference Number: ENV55)
Duration 01/06/2014 - 31/05/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Coordinator Switzerland
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Partner Denmark
4 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
5 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
6 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
7 Umweltbundesamt Partner Germany
8 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
9 Natural Environment Research Council United Kingdom