Spatial variability of air pollution in Philadelphia during summer 2017

Authors: Peleg Kremer*, Villanova University, Kabindra Shakya, Villanova University , Kate Henderson, Villanova University, Meghan McMahon, Villanova University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Air pollution, Urban spatial analysis, Mobile monitoring
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Galerie 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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In this paper we investigate the spatial distribution of particulate air pollution (PM2.5) and noise pollution in Philadelphia by using mobile monitoring. Four neighborhoods in Philadelphia, located on a north-west to south-east transect, with varying forms of vegetation, buildings, and paved surfaces, as well as socio-economic characteristics were monitored during the summer of 2017. Data was collected by walking predetermined paths using integrated mobile monitoring units and GPS. Air pollution, noise and spatial data were processed and mapped. Results are correlated with surrounding physical and socio-economic attributes to reveal patterns in the distribution of air pollution and noise. This project stands to contribute to a relatively new and limited body of literature identifying fine scale spatial and temporal variation in the distribution of air pollution in urban areas such as Philadelphia, and the urban processes that underlie their distribution.

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