“Clearing up the Haze: New Research on Southeast Asian Pollution”
Ruth DeFries, Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Miriam Marlier, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Tianjia Liu, Student, Columbia College
Moderated by Duncan McCargo, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 918
No Registration Required.
In a report recently published in IOPscience, a team including two Columbia students, quantifies the emission sources and health impacts of persistently hazardous levels of smoke pollution which covered much of Equatorial Asia from September to October 2015. They then compare the sources and impacts to an event of similar magnitude occurring under similar meteorological conditions in September–October 2006. Using data from these episodes, the team developed an approach to provide an assessment of the relative contribution of fire emissions generated in a specific province to smoke-related health impacts in the receptor areas. Using this framework, the team argues they can now rapidly identify areas where land use management to reduce and/or avoid fires would yield the greatest benefit to human health, both nationally and regionally.