Working globally to improve air quality
We are working in Delhi, rated as the most polluted city in the world for ambient air pollution by the World Health Organisation, to determine the sources and processes responsible. We are taking a systems approach to develop options to mitigate air pollution. This will allow us to assess the likely effectiveness of changes in behaviour — for example odd/even number plate traffic bans — to improve air quality.
In China, Professor Roy Harrison (leading international expert in the sources, transformations and health impacts of air pollution) and Professor Zongbo Shi are leading collaborations with top universities and research institutes in the area of atmospheric science - looking at the causes and impacts of poor air quality and atmospheric pollution events in Beijing, and the prediction of future extreme weather events in China and East Asia.
Professor Francis Pope has research projects in the broad areas of air pollution, climate change, fundamental aerosol chemistry and microphysics, and city resilience. He leads the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution (ASAP) East Africa’ which is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling air pollution in the study cities of Nairobi, Kampala, and Addis Ababa.
Professor Suzanne Bartington leads the multidisciplinary TRANSITION Clean Air Network addressing future air quality challenges. The network aim is to identify, prioritise and address new emerging indoor and outdoor air quality challenges linked to the UK low emission mobility revolution.
Find out how researchers at The University of Birmingham are addressing the causes and impacts of poor air quality and atmospheric pollution to help shape global policy.