This study aims to integrate observational air quality data from EPA and other state agencies monitoring networks with satellite data and epidemiological studies to quantify, on short-term and long-term scales, the health benefits of the lockdown measures imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team will analyze the role of different emission sectors and systems as well as the role of meteorology in contributing to the observed decrease in PM2·5 concentrations.
The research team will compare the mortality burden from COVID-19 to the avoided deaths resulting from improved air quality. In addition, the human, social, and political dynamics leading to different risk perceptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic versus a global environmental crisis will be explored, and the implications of these differences for policy making.
Research Investigators (PI*)
Rohit Jaikumar, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Reza Farzaneh, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Jeremy Johnson, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Arman Rezaee, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Haneen Khreis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Final Report – coming soon!
CARTEEH Focus Area(s)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
1111 RELLIS Parkway
Bryan, Texas 77807