Air Pollution In World Countries (PM10 Concentrations)

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Doc #: 99 Title: Air Pollution In World Cities (PM10 Concentrations) | Document Link
Organization/Author: World Bank
Type: International Report
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Region: International
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Document Status: Unsubmitted, 2009/09/30
Parameters: PM10


Description of Document: World Bank estimate Urban population weighted average PM10 concentrations (micro grams per cubic meter) in residential areas of cities larger than 100,000 for 1999
World Bank 1999 by country estimate of PM10 annual average concentration and 2000 country population

Scarce public resources have limited the monitoring of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) concentrations in developing countries, despite their large potential health effects. As a result, policymakers in many developing countries remain uncertain about the exposure of their residents to PM air pollution. The Global Model of Ambient Particulates (GMAPS) is an attempt to bridge this information gap through an econometrically estimated model for predicting PM levels in world cities (Pandey et al. forthcoming).

The estimation model is based on the latest available monitored PM pollution data from the World Health Organization, supplemented by data from other reliable sources. The current model can be used to estimate PM levels in urban residential areas and non-residential pollution hotspots. The results of the model are used to project annual average ambient PM concentrations for residential and non-residential areas in 3,226 world cities with populations larger than 100,000, as well as national capitals.