Title: Science and policy challenges of atmospheric modelling in consideration of health effects

Authors: Andreas N. Skouloudis, Pavlos Kassomenos, Theodoros Nitis

Addresses: Institute of Environment and Sustainability, TP.272, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, 21020 Ispra, VA, Italy. ' University of Ioannina, Department of Physics, Laboratory of Meteorology, GR-45110, Ioannina, Greece. ' Department of Marine Sciences, School of the Environment, University of the Aegean, University Hill, 81100 Mytilene, Greece

Abstract: Next generation atmospheric models are required to provide a realistic assessment of different types of chronic and acute environmental conditions and forecast the consequences on population health. These tasks were usually carried out with epidemiological studies, which are not adequate to indicate health effects. Therefore, models should be capable to carry out hazard identification, dose-response evaluations, population exposure assessment and risk characterisation. This work examines in detail whether sufficient limit values are set in exposure media, exposure assessment is possible by using compliance data, health impact assessment is possible, and finally whether tracing exposure back to sources is achievable.

Keywords: modelling; atmospheric pollution; urban air quality; environmental impact; public health; meteorological models; photochemical models; air pollution; hazard identification; dose response evaluation; exposure assessment; risk assessment; health impact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2011.038397

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2011 Vol.44 No.1/2/3/4, pp.3 - 13

Published online: 07 Feb 2011 *

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