UrbanEmissions.info was founded 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, form of information, and institutional challenges.
There is also a need to rapidly scale-up the use of analytical tools for the secondary and the tertiary cities which are following in the foot steps of the expanding mega-cities. Advances in information technology, 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
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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 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 was a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi and Bombay) between 2011-2014 and 2014-2016. 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. 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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