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Air pollution and weather-related health impacts: methodological Study based On spatio-temporally disaggregated multi-pollutant models for present –day and future (AWESOME)
Research examining the effect of pollution on health in the UK has generally focused on the nature of outdoor pollutants. Indoor pollutants, which depend on the design, ventilation properties, and thermal performance of buildings, must also be considered as the population are thought to spend up to 80% of their time indoors. The effect of single pollutants on health has generally only been considered due to the analytical complexity of assessing combined effects and the inadequacy of pollutant exposure data. The AWESOME project aims to address some of these issues by producing UK distributions of multiple air pollutants with a spatial resolution of 5 X 5 km between 2000 and 2010, using well-established meteorological and chemical transport models. Models of the indoor environment in a range of UK dwelling types will be used to determine indicators of modifiers of air pollution/temperature exposure due to indoor exposure. The impact on health of this integrated assessment will be quantified via an epidemiological analysis. The high spatial resolution will allow a mapping of the pollutant distribution on to the socio-economic variation throughout the UK and therefore for the first time throw some light on the role of multi-pollutants in explaining inequalities in health status between groups differentiated by socio-economic status.
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