Air pollution in Bangalore, India: an eight-year trend analysis

Chinnaswamy, Anitha K., Galvez, Maria Cecilia D., Balisane, Hewa, Nguyen, Quynh T., Naguib, Raouf N.G., Trodd, Nigel, Marshall, Ian M., Yaacob, Norlaily, Santos, Gil Nonato C., Vallar, Edgar A., Shaker, Mohyi, Wickramasinghe, Nilmini and Ton, Tuan Nghia 2016, Air pollution in Bangalore, India: an eight-year trend analysis, International journal of environmental technology and management, vol. 19, no. 3-4, pp. 177-197, doi: 10.1504/IJETM.2016.082233.

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Title Air pollution in Bangalore, India: an eight-year trend analysis
Author(s) Chinnaswamy, Anitha K.
Galvez, Maria Cecilia D.
Balisane, Hewa
Nguyen, Quynh T.
Naguib, Raouf N.G.
Trodd, Nigel
Marshall, Ian M.
Yaacob, Norlaily
Santos, Gil Nonato C.
Vallar, Edgar A.
Shaker, Mohyi
Wickramasinghe, NilminiORCID iD for Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Ton, Tuan Nghia
Journal name International journal of environmental technology and management
Volume number 19
Issue number 3-4
Start page 177
End page 197
Total pages 21
Publisher Inderscience
Place of publication Olney, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1466-2132
Keyword(s) environmental health
geographic information systems
decision support systems
air pollution
air pollutant patterns
geospatial interpolation
public health
Summary Bangalore is one of India's fastest growing metropolises and, although benefiting economically due to its fast development, has a rapidly deteriorating environment. This paper provides a critical analysis of the air pollution trend in the city over the period 2006-2013 at six specific locations where measurements have been consistently recorded. It also discusses the potential health implications pertaining to exceeding levels of pollutants where these are applicable. In order to attain informed decisions on the protection of the health of populations from elevated levels of air pollution, an understanding of spatial-temporal variance of air pollutant patterns is necessary. The study highlights the fact that Bangalore and other similar developing cities do not have an adequate number of fixed monitoring stations that could provide a complete coverage of the air pollution levels for the entire city. It is suggested that this can be overcome by using geospatial interpolation techniques that provide a complete coverage of the levels of pollutants, as well as assist in mapping health characteristics of the population, in order to reach evidence-based decisions and target effective interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJETM.2016.082233
Field of Research 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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