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Special Issue "Urban Air Quality and Climate Change"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2023) | Viewed by 353

Special Issue Editor

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (Delhi Branch), Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi-110060, India
Interests: quantification of various aerosol characteristics; their direct; indirect impacts on climate change through measurements and modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Air pollution is a broad term describing a complex mixture of many particles and gases that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere and has damaging effects on living things and the environment, thus influencing our climate system. According to the recent IPCC report (AR6), the Earth surface temperature increased by about 1.5 °C during the recent past decade (2011–2020) as compared to the period from 1850 to 1900. This increase in the Earth’s temperature is clearly related to various human influences, which may cause widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere. Pollutants in the air come from the variety of emission sources, which are not always visible, but can directly and/or indirectly affect human health and the environment from local to global scale. Thus, the assessment of urban air quality and their impacts on human health and climate system is crucial to understand as the majority of the population lives under the threat of hazardous pollutants.

This Special Issue aims to cover the physio-chemical and optical characteristics of various air pollutants, their source sectors, long-range transport, and their potential implications to  our climate system using synergistic approaches of state-of-the-art techniques, including ground-based, space-borne and modelling tools. Thus, we are seeking original research articles and reviews on urban air pollution and its impacts on human health and the climate system.

We invite authors to submit contributions on topics of their interest, including but not limited to the following:

  • Physio-chemical characteristics of atmospheric pollutants, their composition, and source apportionment.
  • Optical and radiative characteristics of air pollutants.
  • Morphology and mixing states of individual species in different environmental conditions.
  • Ground-based, space-borne and modelling studies of air pollutants.
  • Impacts of anthropogenic emissions on the urban environment and human health.
  • Mitigation policies and the sustainable development of climate change in urban environments.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Atul Kumar Srivastava
Guest Editor

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  • atmospheric pollution
  • air quality
  • sources of pollution
  • impact on climate
  • human health
  • satellite remote sensing
  • mitigation policy

Published Papers

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