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Queen Mary Global Policy Institute

Air Pollution Statistics and Water Quality Monitoring – The Impact of Concentration Fluctuations on Policy Design

When: Monday, June 13, 2022 - Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: MLT lecture room, School of Mathematical Sciences, Mile End Campus, London E1 4NS


What is more harmful for the human body: inhaling a constant concentration of pollution over a year, or a high concentration for six months and a low concentration for six months?

This workshop will tackle questions like this through talks and round table discussions with leading researchers, medical experts, policy makers and government officials focusing on the relationship between air pollution, water quality and health.

Many current environmental standards and guidelines for air and water quality focus on set values, however, recent research emphasises that fluctuations of pollutants can produce differing impacts, meaning it is important to investigate the medical and environmental consequences of such variations. 

Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary is focusing on probability densities of concentrations of air pollutants and water quality indicators, with predictions being made using machine learning algorithms. It is only recently that the fluctuations within environmental systems have been mathematically and statistically understood, with new relevant data and mathematical techniques now being available. However, the results of this research must be fed and incorporated into future policy setting.

By bringing together a wide range of key stakeholders around air and water quality, this workshop will create an opportunity for re-thinking, re-shaping and re-designing policy.

The two days will cover:

Day 1 (13 June): Air pollution statistics and health

Day 2 (14 June): Innovative applications of real-time sensor data to improve river water quality and health.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Gary Fuller - Senior Lecturer in Air Quality Measurement, Imperial College London
  • Geraint Davies – Labour MP for Swansea West
  • Benjamin Schäfer – Group Leader, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Prof Stefan KrauseProfessor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Birmingham University
  • Steve MorrisEnvironmental Analyst and Policy Advisor, DEFRA
  • Matt LoewenthalTechnical Lead for the Environment Agencies, National Water Quality Instrumentation Service

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