Air pollution is a serious environmental issue that poses adverse impacts on the health of people and on the natural environment in many industrialized regions of the world. However, despite considerable study many there is still a great deal we do not know about these key processes and how to best interpret the data.
In Oman, an adaptive management approach has been taken to air quality management in the Sohar region by adopting a best available technology (BAT) approach. This approach allows a progressive introduction by industry of pollution abatement technologies as they become efficient and available at a reasonable cost. Even so, in the Sohar region there is no regional-wide understanding of prevailing air quality impacts and therefore no understanding of what the air quality goals should actually be, in order to achieve the appropriate balance between air quality objectives and the need to pursue the introduction of BAT.