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A novel method that combines artificial intelligence with remote sensing satellite technologies has produced the most detailed coverage of air pollution in Britain to date.
Highlighted by new research led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and published in Remote Sensing, the methodology provides accurate estimates of concentrations of air pollution across Great Britain. The model offers an impressive level of details, with measurements provided at daily level and in a 1x1km grid across the whole Great Britain.
Results indicate that the South-East of England is the most polluted region, and they identify hot spots in urban and industrial areas. Encouragingly, the findings also show an overall decline in air pollution in Great Britain during the last decade.
The researchers say this novel approach could revolutionise the assessment of exposure to air pollution and our understanding of the related health risks, by linking country-wide exposure maps and health databases.
Currently, scientists rely on ground-based monitors to measure air pollution, however, these are sparsely located, mostly concentrated in urban areas, and are not always taking measurements continuously. This means there are no nationwide air pollution records accurate enough to be used in epidemiological …
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