UK Eutrophying and Acidifying Pollutant (UKEAP) Networks

The purpose of UKEAP is to measure the composition of the atmosphere (air quality) across a range of rural and semi-rural environments in the UK. Air pollution can have wide-ranging effects on the environment, with impacts on biodiversity, water quality and people's health and wellbeing. UKEAP particularly focuses on nitrogen compounds that, in excess, provide too many nutrients (eutrophication) and on chemicals that acidify water and soil ('acid rain'). UKEAP provides long-term data on airborne chemical and particulate matter levels to inform: (a) scientific understanding of non-urban pollution sources and how they transport to contribute to poor air quality at urban, national and international scales; and (b) air quality policy and regulation.