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Pollen and spore monitoring in the world

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical and Translational Allergy, April 2018
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Pollen and spore monitoring in the world
Published in
Clinical and Translational Allergy, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13601-018-0197-8
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J. T. M. Buters, C. Antunes, A. Galveias, K. C. Bergmann, M. Thibaudon, C. Galán, C. Schmidt-Weber, J. Oteros


Ambient air quality monitoring is a governmental duty that is widely carried out in order to detect non-biological ("chemical") components in ambient air, such as particles of < 10 µm (PM10, PM2.5), ozone, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. These monitoring networks are publicly funded and air quality data are open to the public. The situation for biological particles that have detrimental effects on health, as is the case of pollen and fungal spores, is however very different. Most pollen and spore monitoring networks are not publicly funded and data are not freely available. The information regarding which biological particle is being monitored, where and by whom, is consequently often not known, even by aerobiologists themselves. This is a considerable problem, as local pollen data are an important tool for the prevention of allergic symptoms. The aim of this study was to review pollen monitoring stations throughout the world and to create an interactive visualization of their distribution. The method employed to collect information was based on: (a) a review of the recent and historical bibliography related to pollen and fungal spore monitoring, and (b) personal surveys of the managers of national and regional monitoring networks. The interactive application was developed using the R programming language. We have created an inventory of the active pollen and spore monitoring stations in the world. There are at least 879 active pollen monitoring stations in the world, most of which are in Europe (> 500). The prevalent monitoring method is based on the Hirst principle (> 600 stations). The inventory is visualised as an interactive and on-line map. It can be searched, its appearance can be adjusted to the users' needs and it is updated regularly, as new stations or changes to those that already exist can be submitted online. The map shows the current situation of pollen and spore monitoring and facilitates collaboration among those individuals who are interested in pollen and spore counts. It might also help to improve the monitoring of biological particles up to the current level employed for non-biological components.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 102 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 15%
Student > Master 14 14%
Professor 9 9%
Student > Postgraduate 6 6%
Other 16 16%
Unknown 22 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 21 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 17 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 6%
Other 24 24%
Unknown 21 21%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 33. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 September 2018.
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