Understanding the Sources Contributing to the Air Pollution Crisis in India


Project Summary:

1.  The goal is to conduct a robust evaluation of air pollution sources in India for use by policymakers.

2.  Will develop a validated, national-level characterization of pollution sources using computational models constrained by satellite and aircraft measurements.

India is beset by significantly degraded air quality, which translates to substantial losses of lives and economic welfare. Design of effective air quality policy to address this crisis requires an in-depth understanding of the sources and atmospheric transformations that control the abundance of aerosols (also known as particulate matter) in the atmosphere. This project will use a combination of observations (surface, airborne, and satellite) and state-of-the-art modeling to develop the first validated national-level source-sector characterization of aerosol pollution in India.