What is an odour?The sense of smell is a primal sense for humans and animals. From an evolutionary standpoint it is one of the most ancient of senses. Smell (or Olfaction) allows us to identify food, mates, predators, and provides both sensual pleasure (the odour of flowers and perfume) as well as warnings of danger (e.g. spoiled food, chemical dangers). For both humans and animals, it is one of the important means by which our environment communicates with us.
Odour is a property of a mixture of substances capable of stimulating the olfaction sense sufficiently to trigger a sensation of odour.
Odour is considered a nuisance when people can perceive it in their living environment and:
When an individual experiences an odour nuisance, the following factors should be taken into account to determine the level of annoyance:
Short online course
This MOOC invites you to explore the not so-well-known problem of odour pollution. The course will provide you with the opportunity to understand some of the factors contributing to odour pollution and how it affects our lives. You will also examine its impacts - environmental, social, health and economic. Last but not least, you will be provided with information on what we can do as citizens about the issue and what some of the available tools for tackling the problem are.