Environment Counts | Outdoor air pollution in cities
Author: Rick Higgins – Published At: 2012-03-12 05:03 – (1694 Reads)
The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a database of the results of urban outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 1100 cities in 91 countries. The database covers the period from 2003 to 2010, with the majority of values for the years 2008 and 2009. WHO – source
The latest WHO database on outdoor air pollution in cities covers the period from 2003 to 2010. (The majority of values are for the years 2008 and 2009.)
The database contains results of urban outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 1100 cities in 91 countries. Air quality is represented by annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5, i.e. particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns).
The primary sources of data include publicly available national/subnational reports and web sites, regional networks such as the Asian Clean Air Initiative and the European Airbase, and selected publications. The database aims to be representative for human exposure, and therefore primarily captures measurements from monitoring stations located in urban background, urban traffic, residential, commercial and mixed areas.
Global map of urban outdoor air pollution – by city
The following two sets of integrated and interactive sets of maps/tables/graphics (along with a separate set of Excel tables documenting the source of the data) provide an outstanding resource for reviewing the extent and geographic incidence of urban outdoor air pollution and its impact by key health and mortality indicators.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO) – Public Health and Environment (PHE) Programme
Urban outdoor air pollution database by country
The link at bottom of the WHO – PHE page provides access to an Excel table which details the source of the Urban Outdoor Air Pollution data by country.