The issue

Air pollution is a major risk to human and environmental health. Around the globe, the adverse health effects of air pollutants are most prominent in urban areas, notably in African and Asian megacities. Air pollutants also have adverse effects on our natural environment, contributing to ecosystem damage and biodiversity loss, and impacting food security by reducing crop yields.

Improving air quality is a huge challenge that is critical for people's health. Our science informs the development of clean air policies around the world.

Our role

Through our groundbreaking work in flux measurement techniques and our field experimentation facilities, we generate long-term, high-frequency time series data of atmospheric composition change and identify contributing emission sources. This delivers vital data needed to inform the development of effective clean air policies and monitor progress.

Our commitment

  • To quantify emissions, atmospheric dispersion and chemical transformation, and assess ecological and human health impacts.
  • To quantify the contribution of nature-based solutions and ecosystem services to improving air quality.
  • To provide the evidence and solutions required for effective clean air policy actions.