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  • February 3, 2023 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Community-Level Air Pollution Monitoring in Hamilton Ontario

Hamilton, Ontario has a long history of air pollution challenges due to its industrial history; however, transportation-related air pollutants are a growing concern. As a result, the City of Hamilton, Environment Hamilton and the University of Toronto are engaged in a community-driven/community-scale air pollution study funded by Health Canada examining industrial and transportation-related pollutants. A high-density network of passive air pollution sensors was implemented with a balance of objectives that included community-identified concerns obtained by Environmental Hamilton (NGO) through community meetings, stratification across measures of socio-economic status, and balanced spatial coverage. Project outcomes include the development of urban-scale pollution models, the evaluation of environmental justice, and identifying urban hotspots.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this seminar attendees will be able to:

Understand multiple objectives in urban air pollution monitoring.
Discuss environmental justice in a Canadian air pollution context.
Describe how urban air pollution variation can be greater within Canadian cities than between cities.

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Adams

Dr. Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Matthew obtained his Ph.D. from McMaster University in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences. Dr. Adams’ research program examines urban pollution, focusing on ground-level air pollutants (contaminants in the air we breathe). Research applications include mobile air pollution sampling as a novel technique to characterize urban air quality, children’s exposure to air pollution, how intervention strategies affect ambient concentrations, improvement in spatial modelling processes, and working towards advances in measurement approaches. In addition, Dr. Adams views urban land use and planning as critical factors in the spatial distribution of air pollution and exposure.