Cross-Regional and Local Air Pollution Histories from Sediments of Small Urban Ponds in the Lower Mersey Region, UK.

  • Ann Power

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Retrospective urban air quality assessments are imperative in understanding human health effects of long-term (lifetime) exposures to pollution; however, historical pollution data are limited. Therefore, air pollution records captured in the sediments of small urban ponds, sedimentary archives sensitive to localised urban activity, have been explored within the lower Mersey Region (LMR), a heavily industrialised area with poor health amongst the population. Proxy pollution profiles derived from isotope chronologies and magnetic, trace metal, flyash and geochemical properties of sediments from four small urban ponds have yielded high-resolution air pollution histories (
Date of Award31 Jul 2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Edge Hill University


  • Environment
  • Pollution

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