Background and Rational

Air pollution can be defined as “the presence in the external atmosphere of one or more contaminants (pollutants) or combinations thereof, in such quantities and of such duration as may be or may cause injury to human health, plant or animal life, or property (materials), or which unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life, or property, or the conduct of business” (Canter,1996). The principal sources of air pollutants, particularly in the industrialized countries, are human activities. Some of the most important air pollutants are “secondary air pollutants” (formed in the atmosphere from primary pollutants), e.g. ozone, aldehydes, peroxyacyl nitrates, etc. formed by photochemical reactions from nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons and sunlight. Until recently, public interest in air pollution problem has continued to increase dramatically and has remained high.

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In general, air pollution problems can be solved by reducing pollutant emissions. It is unlikely that a cheap and simple solution to these problems can be found. Instead, many small steps have to be made in order to achieve the air quality goal. Therefore, air pollution management plays an important role in reaching the air quality goal efficiently and effectively.

Thus, the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies intends to organize a training program in air pollution management in order to provide an understanding of the principles and concepts of air pollution and an intensive academic and practical training in air pollution management. Moreover, it is expected that participants will have an opportunity to learn and share their experience on the air pollution management among their countries.

Duration : 25 May – 19 June, 2009

Objectives

  1. To introduce the principles and concepts of air pollution
  2. To provide intensive academic and practical training on air pollution management
  3. To provide an opportunity to learn and share experience among participants on air pollution management

Course Contents

Course Outline

  1. Sources of Air Pollution
  2. Effects of Air Pollution
  3. Air Pollution Monitoring
  4. Clean Air for Bangkok and Asia
  5. Environmental Enforcement in Thailand
  6. Air Quality Assessment
  7. Air Quality Sampling and measurement
  8. Emission Inventories
  9. Air Quality Modeling and its application
  10. GIS Application for air pollution management
  11. Health Risk Assessment of Air Pollution
  12. Air Pollution Control

Practices/ Laboratory practices

  1. Air Quality Sampling and measurement
  2. Emission Inventories
  3. Air Quality Modeling and its application
  4. GIS Application for air pollution management
  5. Health Risk Assessment of Air Pollution

Study Trips/Field Trips

  1. One-day field trip in the topic related to air pollution management in Thailand.
  2. Two-day field trip in the topic related to air pollution control in Thailand.

Advance Assignments (For choose all module)

Country Report:

  1. General information of participant (1 page of A4 size paper) including; name of participant, educational background, country, name of organization, participant's position, duties and responsibilities.
  2. General information of the country (1-2 page of A4 size paper) including; geographical status of the country, climate, population, official language, social, educational and economic conditions, gross national products (GNP), per- capita income, major import and export goods, natural resources and environmental situation, etc.
  3. Content (up to 4-5 pages of A4 size paper): The details in your country report should at least cover the following topics:
    • The current situation of major air pollution problems in your country.
    • Country policy related to air pollution problems.
    • The general practices related to mitigation, control, and management of air pollution in your country.
  4. Summary and Recommendation. (1 page of A4 size paper)
  5. References and further information (If any). (1 page of A4 size paper)
  6. Submission date: No later than 15 May, 2009

Number of Participants

Participant : 12 persons

Participant Criteria:

  • Age: Less than 45 years old
  • Work experience in related fields: More than 2 years
  • Education: Equivalent to Bachelor Degree or higher degree
  • Language: Good command in English

Venue

  • Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
  • Accommodation:
    • Salaya Pavilion Hotel at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus
    • At the field site 1 night

Expected Results

Expected results for participants after completing training:

  • Basic knowledge in air pollution management.
  • Meaningful information on air pollution management system in Thailand.
  • Better understanding in the application of air pollution management by practical session and excursions.
  • Information from current issues of air pollution management in Thailand.

Institution

  1. Executing/Implementation Agency
    • Implementation organization: Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
    • Staff availability : 15 Lecturers will be involved in this training. 30 Supporting staff will be in charge in this training.
    • Training material : Hand-outs, documents and manual are available.
    • Equipment : Computers, printers, LCD, media equipment, laboratory equipment are available.
    • Other facilities : Phone, fax, internet hours are available.
    • Accommodation : Salaya Pavilion Hotel at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus: 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd., Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170
    • Course leader :Assist. Prof. Dr.Sittipong Dilokwanich Dean of Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies
    • Course coordinator :Asst.Prof.Dr.Auemphorn Mutchimwong
  2. Collaborative Organization
    • Pollution Control Department
    • Department of Industrial works


Contact Person:
Miss Laksanavadee Jaturapat
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies
Mahidol University,
999 Salaya, Nakhonpathom 73170
Tel: (662)4415000 ext. 2108-2110
Fax: (662)4419509-10
E-mail: enljt@mahidol.ac.th