Dr. Susan C. Anenberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) was awarded a $900,000 grant from NASA’s Health and Air Quality Program.
The grant is for a 3-year project that will use satellite remote sensing and Earth system modeling to improve estimates of air pollution levels in five cities worldwide: Paris, France; Washington, D.C.; Santiago, Chile; Accra, Ghana; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Anenberg and her team will estimate the health impacts of air pollution in these cities and develop a tool for local officials to rapidly assess the health benefits of various actions they can take to reduce pollution.
“Air pollution is a growing problem in cities worldwide,” Dr. Anenberg said. “Our project aims to provide more detailed and complete information about air pollution levels, associated health risks, and public health improvements that would come from cleaner urban air.”