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ISES Webinar: Leveraging technological advancements to measure PM2.5 and black carbon levels from household air pollution in 8 countries: Results from the PURE-AIR study
December 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Approximately 40% of global population, primarily in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, are exposed to harmful household air pollution (HAP) from cooking with polluting fuels (e.g. wood, coal). Exposure to HAP was the second highest environmental risk factor in the Global Burden of Disease 2019, with an estimated 2.3 million attributable deaths. Residential combustion of polluting fuels further contributes to outdoor air pollution and emissions of climate-forcing pollutants, including up to one-third of global anthropogenic emissions of black carbon (BC). Previously, few large-scale studies of HAP exposure had been conducted due to financial and time constraints. The Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology (PURE)-AIR study was carried out among rural communities of eight countries (Bangladesh, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), enabling a multinational examination of variations in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and BC levels. Technological innovations in air monitoring, data transfer, autonomous filter weighing and real-time quality control procedures enabled large-scale HAP measurement in PURE-AIR. This presentation will discuss these advancements along with statistical modeling techniques used to rapidly scale up PM2.5 and BC exposure assessment for use in future epidemiological analyses. This event is sponsored in part by Access Sensor Technology.
Dr. Matthew Shupler, postdoctoral research associate, University of Liverpool