Atmosphere

Air quality

Clean Air Research Program

The Australian Government's Clean Air Research Program (CARP) provided $1.4 million over 2005 – 2008 to support practical research that directly informs national air quality management. CARP addresses some of the major research gaps in the management of air quality in Australia. Its overall objective is to support and facilitate research activities that will underpin policies and management actions to minimise the human health impacts of air pollution.

To meet this objective, CARP provided funding support for quality research that:

A Technical Assessment Panel (TAP), consisting of research and policy experts from government and scientific agencies, assessed project proposals from Australian and New Zealand researchers. Following assessment, 13 projects that best met CARP objectives were selected for funding:

Air pollutant chemistry - implications for source management

Exposure assessment - are we really measuring what we're breathing?

Major sources of air pollution in Australia

Tools to assist in the development of air quality management strategies

A workshop was held in Canberra on 16 October 2008 to present the findings of research funded through CARP. Workshop participants included policy managers and researchers from Australia and New Zealand. The workshop identified a range of research priorities to assist the future management of air quality in Australia. Significant policy issues arising from CARP research include:

Crepuscular rays at Pyengana. Photo: Margaret Brown.