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A quantitative and qualitative analysis of severe air pollution episodes

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Severe episodic air pollution blankets entire cities and regions and have a profound impact on humans and their activities. We compiled daily fine particle (PM2.5) data from 100 cities in five continents, investigated the trends of number, frequency, and duration of pollution episodes, and compared these with the baseline trend in air pollution.

Geographical area of data collection

Worldwide study.


Morawska, Lidia, Zhu, Tong, Liu, Nairui, Amouei Torkmahalleh, Mehdi, De Fatima Andrade, Maria, Barratt, Benjamin, Broomandi, Parya, Buonanno, Giorgio, Carlos Belalcazar Ceron, Luis, Chen, Jianmin, Cheng, Yan, Evans, Greg, Gavidia, Mario, Guo, Hai, Hanigan, Ivan, Hu, Min, Jeong, Cheol H., Kelly, Frank, Gallardo, Laura, Kumar, Prashant, Lyu, Xiaopu, Mullins, Benjamin J., Nordstrøm, Claus, Pereira, Gavin, Querol, Xavier, Yezid Rojas Roa, Nestor, Russell, Armistead, Thompson, Helen, Wang, Hao, Wang, Lina, Wang, Tao, Wierzbicka, Aneta, Xue, Tao, & Ye, Celine (2021) The state of science on severe air pollution episodes: Quantitative and qualitative analysis. Environment International, 156, Article number: 106732. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/212149/

Research areas

Atmospheric aerosols
Mitigating air pollutants
Urban air pollution
Pollution emissions
Pollution episodes
Environmental engineering
Formation of secondary pollutants
Atmospheric sciences
Severe air pollution events

Cite this collection

Morawska, Lidia; (2022): A quantitative and qualitative analysis of severe air pollution episodes. Queensland University of Technology. (Dataset) https://doi.org/10.25912/RDF_1639716922509

Related information

Supplementary Information for the paper "The state of science on severe air pollution episodes: Quantitative and qualitative analysis" https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412021003573#s0100

Partner institution

School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia https://www.qut.edu.au/about/faculty-of-science/school-of-mathematical-sciences
Department of Environmental Health, King’s College London, United Kingdom https://www.kcl.ac.uk/global-health/population-change/environment-and-health
Chemical and Aerosol Research Team, School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan https://seds.nu.edu.kz/faculty-and-research/departments/
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China https://www.polyu.edu.hk/en/cee
Institute for Environmental and Climate Research, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China https://ecins-en.jnu.edu.cn/
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA https://ce.gatech.edu/
International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science, Queensland University Technology https://research.qut.edu.au/ilaqh/
Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2) and Departamento de Geofísica, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Chile https://www.cr2.cl/
Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/lucat/group/v1000237
School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia http://ceriph.curtin.edu.au/index.cfm
School of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China http://en.xjtu.edu.cn/info/1005/2586.htm
The University of Sydney, University Centre for Rural Health, School of Public Health, New South Wales, Australia https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/schools/clinical-schools/university-centre-rural-health.html
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy http://www.eng.unicas.it/
Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark https://envs.au.dk/en/
College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China https://en.cese.pku.edu.cn/
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia https://ingenieria.bogota.unal.edu.co/en/agencies/departments/department-of-chemical-and-environmental-engineering.html
Global Centre for Clean Air Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom https://www.surrey.ac.uk/global-centre-clean-air-research
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain https://www.idaea.csic.es/
State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, Peking University, Beijing, China https://english.pku.edu.cn/
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada https://chem-eng.utoronto.ca/
Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China http://www.fhsx.net/en/Default.aspx
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG), University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil https://www.iag.usp.br/international/

Data file types

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls); R program used to analyse the data


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© Queensland University of Technology, 2022.

Dates of data collection

From 2018-01-01 to 2020-12-31


Has chief investigator
Lidia Morawska  (Researcher)


Name: Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska
Phone: +61 7 3138 2616


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Published - Open Access