Study finds higher air pollution near Santa Monica Airport
IoE researchers find ultrafine particle emissions are 10 times higher then normal 300 feet from the runway -- a range that includes many homes. The study calls for larger buffers at urban airports.
A study by IoE professors Suzanne Paulson and Arthur Winer and colleagues is featured in a Los Angeles Times article. The study found that people who live and work near Santa Monica Airport are exposed to high levels of air pollution -- a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX.
Dr. Suzanne E. Paulson is Professor in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Institute of the Environment. Dr. Paulson is an atmospheric chemist who investigates the chemical and physical aspects of pressing atmospheric environmental problems including climate change, impacts of biofuels and air pollution exposures in urban microenvironments.
Dr. Arthur M. Winer is a Distinguished Professor in the UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Institute of the Environment. He is a core faculty member in the Environmental Science and Engineering Program, of which he was the Director between 1989 and 1997. Dr. Winer is an atmospheric chemist who has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and exposure assessment topics over the past thirty five years.
Read the full article by Dan Weikel in the Los Angeles Times
Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009