Ambient air pollution was estimated to cause 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide per year in 2016; this mortality is due to exposure to PM2.5, which causes cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and cancers. People living in low- and middle-income countries disproportionately experience the burden of outdoor air pollution with 91% (of the 4.2 million premature deaths) occurring in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2018). Thus, to understand and reduce health impact of air pollution at both regional and local level is very important for Monsson Asia countries. There is urgent need for enhancing human health study, to identify the health risk of air pollution, analyze the cost and benefits of air quality management and/or climate mitigation policies in Monsoon Asia, especially those countries with greatest health burden.
Extensive researches have been conducted on the health effects of air pollution, with accumulating scientific evidence from the aspects of exposure science, epidemiology, and toxicology. With regard to air pollution, plenty of monitoring and modelling work has been conducted by IGAC and CODEX communities. Public health data and air quality data from remote sensing, modeling of ground ambient AQ monitoring network provide data basis for health impact study.
The group aims to :