In Search of Fresh Air: Characterizing the Sources and Impacts of Air Pollution in Urban Areas

Cities with growing populations have turned to urban planning strategies like mixed-use development. In this type of development Individuals who live, work, and seek entertainment in these urban areas can be exposed to air pollution that is regionally transported and from locally emitted sources.

Urban air pollution measurements typically rely on a few, widely separated monitoring sites to assess population-scale exposure. Existing monitoring techniques may not be able to capture the spatial variability of the air pollutant. Dr. Naomi Zimmerman, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, spoke about her research to characterize urban spatial and temporal pollutant gradients across Pittsburgh at the SOCAAR Seminar on May 29.
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