UrbanEmissions.info was founded by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda in 2007 with the vision to be a repository of information, research, and analysis related to air pollution.
Air pollution is a growing problem in most cities in the world, with a direct link to our health. However there is weak institutional capacity to address this issue in an integrated manner, because there is little in the way of an organized knowledge base or development/application of analytical tools that may help support pollution control planning. Most available tools are complex (state-of-the-art) and data-intensive (multi-purpose) and there is a need for a new generation of tools that can be applied, which takes into account the availability of information and institutional challenges.
There is also a need to rapidly scale-up the use of analytical tools for the secondary and tertiary cities which are following in the foot steps of the expanding mega-cities. Modern information technology advances, their increasing presence, open-data resources, and networking, offers a tremendous opportunity to establish such tools, to help city managers, regulators, academia, and citizen groups to develop a coordinated approach for integrated air quality management for a city.
UrbanEmissions.Info, has four objectives:
- sharing knowledge on air pollution
- science based air quality analysis
- advocacy and awareness raising on air quality management and
- building partnerships among local, national, and international air-heads
A primer on air quality of management Download
A primer on pollution source apportionment Download
A primer on composting wet waste Download
A day-to-day air pollution forecasting portal for the Greater Delhi region
A day-to-day air pollution forecasting portal for the Indian districts
The WIRE, Op-Ed, November 1st, 2016
“Why Delhi’s plan for air filters at traffic intersections is a red herring”
The WIRE, Op-Ed, November 7th, 2016
“What it means to taking the long view on air pollution in Delhi”
The Hindu, Op-Ed, March 22nd, 2015
“The polluted air we breathe”
Our study on “coal-fired power plant emissions and health impacts” was discussed, during a Q&A session in Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament) on August 13th, 2013 – “Health hazards from emissions in coal-fired power plants”
Who We Are
Dr. Sarath Guttikunda, Founder/Director, conducts research on air pollution. His interest stems from the guidance received during Bachelors at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India) and during Doctorate from the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA). He then worked as an air pollution analyst at the World Bank in Washington, DC (USA). Since returning to India in 2007, he conducts research in an independent capacity with various organizations and research institutions. He is an affiliate associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute (Reno, USA). In 2009 Sarath became part of the global TED fellows community.
Ms. Puja Jawahar, Director, is trained in Economics and Statistics from the University of Mumbai (India) and Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park (USA). She worked as a research assistant at the Resources for the Future (RFF) – one of the leading environmental economics policy think-tanks and as research associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), both in Washington DC (USA). Since returning to India in 2007, she joined the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHiRAG, Uttarakhand, India), to assist them with research design, documentation, and marketing for their product line – Kilmora.
Mr. Sudhir Gota, Senior Transport Advisor, holds a Masters degree in transportation engineering from National Institute of Technology (Warangal, India), has extensive experience in transport data crunching, developing models for impact assessments, and methodologies on transport emissions for passenger and freight transport (worldwide). He was instrumental in bringing “green freight” and “transport data” into agenda in Asia; is the main architect of the TEEMP models, endorsed by GEF, ADB and the World Bank; and led the development of knowledge products for the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) COP21 team. He was awarded Lee Schipper Scholarship for year 2013. He is an active researcher and writer on transport and environmental issues, challenging conventional practices, and advocating innovative solutions.
Mr. Nishad KA, Research Associate, believes ‘Big Data’ is the next paradigm in environmental science and can provide the necessary tools for effective management of air pollution. He graduated with M.Sc in Environmental Science and PG Diploma in Industrial Ecology from Bharathiar University (Coimbatore, India), was a research scholar at Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON, Coimbatore, India), and due to defend his PhD thesis on “real time pollution monitoring and modeling with data-interoperability measures”. He is an admirer of open source software movement and specializes in geospatial visualization and data analysis using Python, R, and D3.js.
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