Developing accurate ways to measure traffic-related air pollution

PhD student Laura Minet and her supervisor Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou

(L-R) PhD student Laura Minet and her supervisor Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou

Laura Minet was the lead author on a recent journal article that compares and analyzes traffic-related air pollution data collected in Toronto in two different ways: (1) using mobile collection (on bicycles) and (2) using stationary monitors (sidewalk locations).

Traffic-related air pollution is associated with various negative health effects. In large cities like Toronto, it is important to develop accurate air pollution maps in order to characterize the exposures of residents and visitors at home, work, and across different activity locations.

Development and Comparison of Air Pollution Exposure Surfaces Derived from On-Road Mobile Monitoring and Short-Term Stationary Sidewalk Measurements by Laura Minet, Rick Liu, Marie-France Valois, Junshi Xu, Scott Weichenthal, and Marianne Hatzopoulou was published in the rigourous scientific journal Environmental Science and Technology in February.