Atmospheric Science Seminar: "Global Health Impacts of Ambient Air Pollution: Integrating Atmospheric Science, Public Health, and Environmental Policy"

Presented by: Susan Anenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Ambient air pollution is considered the leading environmental risk factor affecting global health. Air pollution is also interlinked with climate change, as they share emission sources, health and environmental effects, and mitigation approaches. This presentation describes recent advances in assessing health impacts of air pollution at the global scale, enabled by integrating methods from atmospheric science, public health, and policy analysis. In particular, the presentation will focus on using satellite-derived concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to estimate air pollution health impacts on asthma incidence and exacerbation, and on mortality in cities worldwide. The presentation will also discuss science-policy analyses that apply air pollution health impact assessment methods to pressing environmental policy challenges, using the transportation sector as a case study. Results of these analyses may help inform decision-making to address air pollution and climate change at the international, national, and urban scales.


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