Glasgow trends

Note: PM10 is particulate matter 10 micrometers or less in diameter.

Particulate Matter (PM10) concentration at Glasgow monitoring sites, 2000 - 2017

Air Quality Trends - PM10 (2018)
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The chart above shows trends in the annual mean concentration of PM10 in the air at various monitoring stations across Glasgow since 2000.  These measurements can be compared to the Air Quality Strategy (AQS) objective of PM10 concentrations not exceeding 18μg/m3.  A small number of sites have breached the objective in recent years but the overall trends in measurements appears to be downward. In 2017 only Glasgow Broomhill breached the objective.

Between 1990 and 2014 Scottish emissions of PM10 fell by 46%.

Notes

In most years only measurements from monitoring sites with a data capture rate (DCR) of greater than 75% are shown. However for 2014, figures with lower data capture rates are shown: Glasgow Kerbside (DCR=71%), Byres Road (DCR=60%) and Nithsdale Road (DCR=62%).

Glasgow Kerbside is located on the pavement of Hope Street adjacent to Glasgow Central Station.

PM10 is among the most harmful of all air pollutants. When inhaled these particles evade the respiratory system's natural defences and lodge deep in the lungs.

Health problems begin as the body reacts to these foreign particles. PM10 can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis and other lung diseases, and reduce the body's ability to fight infections.

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

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