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Title: Air pollution in Bangalore, India: an eight-year trend analysis.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Chinnaswamy, Anitha
Galvez, Maria
Balisane, Hewa
Nguyen, Quynh
Naguib, Raouf
Trodd, Nigel
Marshall, Ian
Yaacob, Norlaily
Santos, Gil
Vallar, Edgar
Shaker, Mohyi
Ton, Tuan Nghia
Keywords: Environmental Health
Air Pollution
Air Pollutant Patterns
Geospatial Interpolation
Public Health
Geographic Information Systems
Decision Support Systems
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Inderscience
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 2016; 19(3/4): 177-197
Abstract: Bangalore is one of India's fastest growing metropolises and, although benefiting economically due to its fast development, has a rapidly deteriorating environment. This paper provides a critical analysis of the air pollution trend in the city over the period 2006-2013 at six specific locations where measurements have been consistently recorded. It also discusses the potential health implications pertaining to exceeding levels of pollutants where these are applicable. In order to attain informed decisions on the protection of the health of populations from elevated levels of air pollution, an understanding of spatial-temporal variance of air pollutant patterns is necessary. The study highlights the fact that Bangalore and other similar developing cities do not have an adequate number of fixed monitoring stations that could provide a complete coverage of the air pollution levels for the entire city. It is suggested that this can be overcome by using geospatial interpolation techniques that provide a complete coverage of the levels of pollutants, as well as assist in mapping health characteristics of the population, in order to reach evidence-based decisions and target effective interventions.
DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2016.082233
ISSN: 1741-511X
Journal Title: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University, UK.
Physics Department, De La Salle University, Philippines
Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, UK.
Environmental Health Unit, World Health Organisation Representative Office, Vietnam
Faculty of Education, Soran University, Kurdistan, Iraq
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Exploratory Qualitative Design
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