Scottish Cities

Nitrogen Dioxide levels at monitoring sites in selected Scottish cities, 2017

Air Quality - NO2 (2018)

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Five monitoring sites in Scotland's four largest cities breached the ´╗┐NO2 annual mean Air Quality Strategy (AQS) objective of 40μg/m3 in 2017.  Two of these sites were in Glasgow (Kerbside and Dumbarton Road).  The Glasgow Kerbside monitoring station recorded the largest breach of the AQS annual mean objective.

There were monitoring locations in every one of Scotland's largest cities where the NO2 annual mean Air Quality Strategy (AQS) objective was breached, except Aberdeen.

The Glasgow Kerbside site has recorded annual mean nitrogen dioxide concentrations exceeding the AQS objective of 40μg/m3 since the site began recording 1998 - see trends section.

Notes

Only measurements from monitoring sites with a data capture rate of greater than 75% are shown in the graphs above.  

Only monitoring stations classified as kerbside, roadside, urban centre and urban background are included.

The main effect of breathing in raised levels of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) is the increased likelihood of respiratory problems. Nitrogen dioxide inflames the lining of the lungs, and it can reduce immunity to lung infections. This can cause problems such as wheezing, coughing, colds, flu and bronchitis.

The Air Quality in Scotland site provides up-to-date estimates of air quality from monitoring sites across Scotland.

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