OPAL Air research – air quality and air pollution

How does air pollution affect our natural environment?

We want to raise awareness of how air pollution and climate change shape our environment and help everyone understand the global issues it raises 

OPAL Air research
Our scientists have conducted a number of research projects to investigate the impacts of climate change and air pollution. You can learn more about this work on the Air Centre and Climate Change Research Centre page.

Air Centre and Climate Change Research Centre


Air survey – take part today

By recording lichens on trees and tar spot on sycamore leaves, you can help our scientists answer important questions about the impacts of local air pollution.

The Air Survey is the second of the OPAL surveys exploring the state of our environment. Everyone can take part in this valuable research project, all you need is one of our free survey packs.

Take part in the Air Survey

Read about what your results have shown so far


Discover more about lichens
Lichen identification guides

Policy and regulation
Learn more about air quality monitoring and Government policies across the UK


OPAL Air was led by Imperial College