Dominick Spracklen, Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, University of Leeds
Steve Yim, Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Air We Breathe: Air Quality in the Greater Bay Area - Tackling the Health and Economic Implications
The plans for the development of the Greater Bay Area emphasise the importance of creating a good living environment. But air quality in the area remains a serious environmental issue, with notable health and economic implications. To tackle the problem effectively, a critical step is an accurate understanding of the current air pollution distribution, how it has been changing in recent years and the contribution of different emission sectors to regional air pollution. Dr Dominick Spracklen from Leeds University and Dr Steve Yim from CUHK will present the new research they are undertaking to answer these questions, highlighting the influence of some surprising sources. They will also discuss the promising new solutions available to rapidly improve air quality in the Greater Bay Area, despite the increasing challenges associated with regional pollution sources, and how these can help tackle the substantial health and economic implications of poor air quality.
About the speaker
Dominick Spracklen is Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions at the University of Leeds. He has 18 years of research experience in atmospheric science and air quality. He received his PhD in climate science from the University of Leeds before joining the Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling Group at Harvard University. He returned to the UK to hold a Natural Environment Research Council Advanced Fellowship. He now leads a large team of researchers working on air pollution issues including a major AIA-sponsored project focused on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. He has received several awards for his research, including the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2015. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher in 2016, 2018 and 2019, a global list that recognises the world’s most influential researchers. He currently holds a prestigious European Research Council Fellowship.
Professor Steve Yim’s research focuses on interactions between climate and air quality, and their impacts on public health and ecosystem. His on-going research is to advance and utilize state-of-the-art multi-scale atmospheric models, along with measurement and statistical approaches, to understand the mechanisms that drive the climate-air quality interactions, and evaluate the impacts on human exposure, mosquito abundance and soil acidity. Particular interests are in investigating air quality impacts of sectoral emissions and trans-boundary air pollution at multiple spatial scales, and studying regional climate change due to land-use changes and global climate change. His research also assesses and develops emission control scenarios to provide scientific-based policy solutions for a sustainable environment in present and future years.
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