Geospatial estimation of non-exhaust emissions using remote earth observation

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: School of Public Health


Exhaust pollution has had substantial press coverage recently as a result of
Dieselgate and increased evidence of a range of health end points. However, Non-Exhaust
Emissions (NEE) such as brake and tyre wear are currently estimated to contribute 50% of
vehicle emissions in London and the health impact of these particles, relative to exhaust
emissions, remain uncertain. In the future, as exhaust emissions are abated, these sources
will become more important for both environmental policy development and human health
Emission inventories are key in determining significant sources of air pollution and provide
vital data used in air pollution modelling. Currently, in London, the emission inventory on
NEE is limited and is not representative of London as a whole. It lacks information on road
type, condition and ground-based measurements at different sites. Globally, NEE emission
inventories are limited or non-existent.
This project will use high-time resolution measurement equipment to produce detailed
Particulate Matter species compositions in cities with a range of climatology to develop NEE
factors. Global high-resolution satellite imagery will be used to identify vehicle movement,
road by road, in global cities. The vehicle counts will be combined with emission factors and
measurements to update emission inventories and conduct source apportionment.


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NE/S007229/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2027
2061790 Studentship NE/S007229/1 01/10/2018 23/12/2022 Annalisa Sheehan