Air pollution is one of the leading global public health risks that face urban populations across the world. However, its magnitude and impacts in major cities of developing countries such as Jamaica are not adequately known. Long term exposure to ambient pollutant gases and small particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) can cause significant health impairments and therefore require careful monitoring and management in order to minimize their effects.
My research focuses on establishing the concentrations of ambient atmospheric pollutants within the Kingston Metropolitan Area using low cost, real-time air quality monitors. This allows for an assessment of air quality across the city. The impact of airborne pollutant exposure on the population can also be evaluated. The project also involves characterizing atmospheric particulates to determine their sources. Using this information, strategies can be developed to minimize the contribution of anthropogenic activities on air quality. The study aims to propose policies for improved monitoring and management of ambient air quality in Jamaica.