SDG 13 SDG 3
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 12:18 pm (AST) - 12:18 pm (AST) Location: KAUST, Bldg. 9, Level 2, Lecture Hall 2

Global impacts of particulate air pollution on public health

Prof. Lelieveld’s team has successfully developed a data-informed global atmospheric model that calculates the exposure to particle concentrations associated with various source categories. They utilize exposure-response functions to evaluate the health impact, encompassing excessive mortality.

Globally, the impact of air pollution on life expectancy exceeds that of many recognized health risk factors, including infectious diseases, and is on par with the effects of tobacco smoking.

About the Speaker

Prof. Johannes Lelieveld has a PhD in atmospheric physics from the University of Utrecht- Netherlands. He develops methods to identify and attribute air pollution to natural and anthropogenic sources, their role in climate change, and public health. Also, he is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, and a professor at the University of Mainz and the Cyprus Institute, and additionally holds honorary professorships.