Scientific aims

  • Determine the emission fluxes of key air pollutants and to measure the contributions of different sources, economic sectors and regional transport to air pollution in Beijing
  • Assess whether the processes by which pollutants are transformed or removed through transport, chemical reactions and photolysis and the rates of formation and conversion of particulate matter via atmospheric reactions
  • Quantify how the detailed properties of particulate matter evolve and can influence their physical properties and behaviour in the atmosphere and elucidate the mechanisms whereby those properties may interact and feedback on urban scale and regional meteorology
  • To determine exposure of Beijing inhabitants to key health related pollutants using personal air pollution monitors and assess the associated between air pollution exposure and key cardiopulmonary measures 
  • Determine the contribution of specific activities, environments and pollution sources to the personal exposure of the Beijing population to air pollutants derived from outdoor sources
  • Carry out toxicogenomics and exposure genomics research, analyse genomics, epigenetics and metabolomics changes and examine screening biomarkers of exposure and effect
  • Determine whether Beijing can achieve the APEC Blue’ by only reducing emissions from production sources and economic loss due to both physical and mental impacts of air pollution