Poor air quality is a global threat to human and ecosystem health, with climate change projected to exacerbate air quality problems through meteorological changes. Many air quality pollutants may also contribute to climate change themselves, making this a perpetual problem. Air pollution is a national and international issue, with sources of air pollution ranging from road traffic and power stations to industrial and agricultural processes.
The JBA Trust is collaborating with Lancaster University to develop new methods and tools to communicate climate change and air quality risk to national and international stakeholders. The JBA Trust was created in 2011 as an independent charity that promotes the growth of knowledge and skills in environmental risk management.
Professor Rob Lamb, Director of JBA Trust says "We are supporting this research to help ensure that the latest scientific understanding of the relationship between climate change and air quality can be communicated to business and decision makers at municipal or national levels and NGOs. That understanding may have profound implications for multiple sectors including health, transport and urban planning."
Suzanne Van Zuijlen, Graduate Researcher, says “Being able to work on this project is truly exciting as poor air quality has an impact on both health and the environment. The overall aim of this PhD project is to use models and observations to bring new understanding around the links between air quality and climate change. The goal is to develop this understanding in a way that it can be readily used by decision makers in their risk planning processes.”