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A Review of the Social Research on Public Perception and Engagement Practices in Urban Air Pollution

Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze the state of public information in the field of air pollution in Spain. We conducted semi-structured interviews with members of public agencies, technical experts, scientists, and members of non governmental associations together with a documentary analysis of air pollution documents (plans, reports, etc.). We tried to characterize the information actions on air quality carried out in Spanish cities during the last years. In the results section we first analyze the ideas, concerns and considerations that underlie the actions of public information on air pollution, as well as the main challenges of public communication on this subject, according to the documents and the different experts consulted. We analyze the various contents of information transmitted nowadays (on levels of pollution, health impacts and mitigation or protection actions), as well as the mechanisms by which it is communicated, both continuously and in the case of threshold overcoming episodes. We also review the different media used to communicate air pollution information (Internet, mobile applications and other forms) and other issues such as information audiences, or the perceived impacts of information provided. Finally, the implications for more diverse and effective public involvement strategies in air pollution are  More>>
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Publication Date:
Apr 01, 2014
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CIEMAT-1317
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 127 refs.
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; AIR POLLUTION; RISK ASSESSMENT; PUBLIC INFORMATION; AIR QUALITY; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; DATA COMPILATION
OSTI ID:
22225183
Research Organizations:
Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain)
Country of Origin:
Spain
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: ES14B0261
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited. Available from ETDE as OSTI ID: 22225183;
Submitting Site:
SPN
Size:
54 page(s)
Announcement Date:
May 06, 2014

Citation Formats

Oltra, C., and Sala, R. A Review of the Social Research on Public Perception and Engagement Practices in Urban Air Pollution. Spain: N. p., 2014. Web.
Oltra, C., & Sala, R. A Review of the Social Research on Public Perception and Engagement Practices in Urban Air Pollution. Spain.
Oltra, C., and Sala, R. 2014. "A Review of the Social Research on Public Perception and Engagement Practices in Urban Air Pollution." Spain.
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title = {A Review of the Social Research on Public Perception and Engagement Practices in Urban Air Pollution}
author = {Oltra, C., and Sala, R.}
abstractNote = {The aim of this study was to analyze the state of public information in the field of air pollution in Spain. We conducted semi-structured interviews with members of public agencies, technical experts, scientists, and members of non governmental associations together with a documentary analysis of air pollution documents (plans, reports, etc.). We tried to characterize the information actions on air quality carried out in Spanish cities during the last years. In the results section we first analyze the ideas, concerns and considerations that underlie the actions of public information on air pollution, as well as the main challenges of public communication on this subject, according to the documents and the different experts consulted. We analyze the various contents of information transmitted nowadays (on levels of pollution, health impacts and mitigation or protection actions), as well as the mechanisms by which it is communicated, both continuously and in the case of threshold overcoming episodes. We also review the different media used to communicate air pollution information (Internet, mobile applications and other forms) and other issues such as information audiences, or the perceived impacts of information provided. Finally, the implications for more diverse and effective public involvement strategies in air pollution are discussed. (Author)}
place = {Spain}
year = {2014}
month = {Apr}
}