Environmental monitoring

Definition

Environmental monitoring is the repeated measurement of physical, chemical and biological variables in order to study environmental changes, particularly those arising from human activities.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    Air pollution in large cities remains a persistent public health problem. Adapting air quality forecasts for use by decision makers could help mitigate severe pollution events.

  • News and Views |

    Increasing groundwater extraction supports hundreds of millions of people across the Indo-Gangetic Basin. Data suggests that despite the increase in withdrawals, groundwater depletion is localized and the most widespread threat is contamination.

    • Scott Fendorf
    •  & Shawn G. Benner
    Nature Geoscience 9, 732–733
  • News and Views |

    Nitrous acid can initiate photochemical air pollution events, but it is not clear where it comes from. Laboratory experiments now suggest that surface-bound nitrite accumulated overnight can release nitrous acid during the daytime.

    • Jonathan Raff
  • News and Views |

    Microbes quickly consumed much of the methane released in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Time-series measurements now suggest that, after a steep rise, methane oxidation rates crashed while hydrocarbon discharge was still continuing at the wellhead.

    • Evan A. Solomon
    Nature Geoscience 7, 394–395