Publications


A primer on air quality of management (2008)
A primer on pollution source apportionment (2011)
A primer on composing wet waste (2011)
An illustrated note on air pollution monitoring (2018)

More infographics. Our in-house publications are listed as the SIM-air working paper series.


This is a list of published journal articles, chapters, reports, editorials, and commentaries (authored/co-authored/contributed) by UEinfo

Journal Articles

Ensemble averaging based assessment of spatiotemporal variations in ambient PM2.5 concentrations over Delhi, India, during 2010–2016
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2020) Download

Examination of monitoring approaches for ambient air pollution: A case study for India
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2019) Download

Indian annual ambient standard is achievable by completely mitigating emissions from household sector
Journal article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019) Download
[Supplementary material for the article]
[Repository of methods and information on household emissions in India]
[Press releases @Hindustan-Times @The-Hindu @UC-Berkeley @Phys.Org]

Particulate matter source contributions for Raipur-Durg-Bhilai region of Chhattisgarh, India
Journal article in Aerosol and Air Quality Research (2019) Download
[Handout – overview of air quality management in Raipur]
[Repository of air quality information for this region]

Air quality, emissions, and source contributions analysis for the Greater Bengaluru region of India
Journal article in Atmospheric Pollution Research (2019) Download
[Repository of air quality information for this region is here]
[Handout – Overview of air quality management in Bengaluru]
[Infograph – Overview of air quality in Bengaluru – PDF]
[Infograph – Overview of meteorology in Bengaluru – PDF]
[Infograph – Overview of average monthly PM2.5 pollution across Bengaluru – PDF]
[Infograph – Overview of monthly source contributions to PM2.5 pollution in Bengaluru – PDF]
[Op-Ed in Citizen Matters on Bengaluru’s air quality monitoring needs (2018)]

Air Pollution knowledge Assessments (APnA) for 20 Indian cities
Journal article in Urban Climate (2019) Download (2nd most downloaded as of 31st May 2019)
[Repository for these cities and more]
[Poster of APnA city program]
[Supplementary Info – Summary of urban meteorology]
[Supplementary Info – Summary of emission and dispersion results]
[Supplementary Info – Summary of source contributions]
[Supplementary Info – India NAMP manual station data for 2011-2015]
[Supplementary Info – India model-satellite-data derived district level PM2.5 for 1998-2016]
[Supplementary Info – APnA city urban airsheds as KML files]
[Supplementary Info – No.of monitors required by state]
[Supplementary Info – No.of monitors required by district]

Applying benefit-cost analysis of air pollution control in the Indian power sector
Journal article in Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (2019) Download
[Repository of information on coal-fired power plants in India]

Monitoring particulate matter in India: Recent trends and future outlook
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health (2019) Download
[An illustrated note on air monitoring]
[Op-Ed in the WIRE (2017) on India’s air quality monitoring needs]
[A map of required number of monitoring stations by state and by district in India]
[External link – India continuous monitoring network operated by CPCB]
[External link – India NAMP monitoring data by state and by station]
[External link – India Real time AQI by station]
[External link – An independent monitoring network in India by Urban Sciences]
[External link – Open air quality data access by OpenAQ.org]

Evaluation of particulate pollution and health impacts from planned expansion of coal-fired thermal power plants in India using WRF-CAMx modeling system
Journal article in Aerosols and Air Quality Research (2018) Download
[Repository of information on coal-fired power plants in India]

Quantifying the influence of agricultural fires in northwest India on urban air pollution in Delhi, India
Journal article in Environmental Research Letters (2018) Download

Costs and benefits of installing flue-gas desulfurization units at coal-fired power plants in India
Book Chapter in Disease Control Priorities, Ed. 03, Vol.07, Chapter 13 (2017) Download
[Repository of information on coal-fired power plants in India]

Health assessments of future PM2.5 exposures from indoor, outdoor, and secondhand tobacco smoke concentrations under alternative policy pathways in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Journal article in PLOS one (2017) Download

Anthropogenic fugitive, combustion, and industrial dust is a significant, underrepresented fine particulate matter source in global atmospheric models
Journal article in Environmental Research Letters (2017) Download

Estimates of health impacts and radiative forcing in winter haze in Eastern China through constraints of surface PM2.5 predictions
Journal article in Environmental Science and Technology (2017) Download

To combat air inequality, governments and researchers must open their data
Commentary article in the Clean Air Journal (2016) Download

India leads the way: A health centered strategy for air pollution
Editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives (2016) Download
[Steering committee report by MoHFW, on air pollution and health related issues in India]

Indian emissions of technology linked NMVOCs with chemical speciation: An evaluation of the SAPRC99 mechanism with WRF-CAMx simulations
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2016) Download

Exposure to particulate matter in India: A synthesis of findings and future directions
Journal article in Environmental Research (2016) Download

Survey of ambient air pollution risk assessment tools
Journal article in Risk Analysis (2016) Download

Analysis of size segregated winter season aerosol data from New Delhi, India
Journal article in Atmospheric Pollution Research (2016) Download

On-road PM2.5 pollution exposure in multiple transport microenvironments in Delhi
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2015) Download
[Press cover in the Indian Express]

Assessment of motor vehicle use in three Indian cities
Journal article in Transportation Research Part-D (2015) Download

Role of urban growth, technology, and judicial interventions on vehicle exhaust emissions in Delhi for 1991-2014 and 2014-2030 periods
Journal article in Environment Development (2015) Download

Evolution of on-road vehicle exhaust emissions in Delhi
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2015) Download
[Press cover in Scroll.in]
[Supplementary Material – Fleet average emission factors for 1990]
[Supplementary Material – Fleet average emission factors for 2000]
[Supplementary Material – Fleet average emission factors for 2030]
[Supplementary Material – Annual emissions, modal shares, and fuel shares for 1990 to 2030]

Health impacts and economic loss assessment of the 2013 severe haze event in Greater Beijing Area
Journal article in Science of the Total Environment (2015) Download

Regulating air pollution from the coal fired power plants in India
Commentary article in Economic and Political Weekly (2015) Download

Benchmarking vehicle and passenger travel characteristics in Delhi for on-road emissions analysis
Journal article in Travel Behaviour and Society (2015) Download
[Press cover in Times of India]
[Press cover in Scroll.in]

An investigation of potential regional and local source regions affecting PM2.5 concentrations in Delhi, India
Journal article in Journal of Air & Waste Management (2015) Download

Particulate and gaseous emissions in two coastal cities – Chennai and Visakhapatnam, India
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health (2015) Download

Nature of air pollution, emission sources, and management in the Indian cities
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2014) Download
[Cover story in India Today]

Atmospheric emissions and pollution from the coal-fired thermal power plants in India
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2014) Download
[Press release from Q&A in Rajya Sabha – Indian Parliament]
[Press release in New York Times]
[Supporting material from the study]

Re-fueling road transport for better air quality in India
Journal article in Energy Policy (2014) Download
[Study results are included in the Planning Commission’s National Transport Policy Committee report]
[Supporting material from the study]
[Press cover in Times of India]
[Press cover in Hindustan Times]

Health benefits of adapting cleaner brick manufacturing technologies in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health (2014) Download

Source emissions and health impacts of urban air pollution in Hyderabad, India
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health (2014) Download

Receptor model based source apportionment of particulate pollution in Hyderabad, India
Journal article in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2013) Download

Particulate Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health (2013) Download

Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2013) Download

Health impacts of particulate pollution in a megacity – Delhi, India
Journal article in Environmental Development (2013) Download
[Award – best research paper in the Journal 2013]
[Press release in the Economist]

A GIS based emissions inventory at 1km x 1km spatial resolution for air pollution analysis in Delhi, India
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2013) Download

Particulate pollution from brick kiln clusters in the Greater Dhaka region, Bangladesh
Journal article in Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health (2013) Download

Application of SIM-air tools to assess air quality in Indian cities
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2012) Download
[Support material from the study]
[Press release in Indian Express, Pune]
[Press release in Times of India, Ahmedabad]
[Press release in Hindustan Times, Indore]
[Press release in DNA India, Rajkot]
[Press release in The Hindu, Chennai]

Air pollution in Delhi
Commentary article in Economic and Political Weekly (2012) Download
[Press release in the Economist]

Role of meteorology in seasonality of air pollution in megacity Delhi, India
Journal article in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2012) Download

Contribution of vehicular activity to air pollution in Hyderabad, India: Measurements, Chemistry, and Analysis
Journal article in Indian Journal of Air Pollution Control, Vol.9, No.1 (2009) Download

Clearing the air in Delhi
Feature article in TWAS Newsletter, Vol.21, No.4 (2009) Download

Impacts of Asian megacity emissions on regional air quality during Spring 2001
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2005) Download

Quantifying health benefits of air pollution controls in Shanghai, China
Journal article in Journal of Environmental Management (2004) Download

Impacts of dust on regional tropospheric chemistry during the ACE-Asia experiment: A model study with observations
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2004) Download

Impact assessment of growing Asian megacity emissions
Chapter in Air Pollution Modeling and Its Applications XV (2004) Download

Programs to control air pollution and acid rain
Chapter in “Urbanization, Energy, and Air Pollution in Chinaby National Academies Press (2004) Download

Regional chemical weather forecasting system (CFORS): Model description and analysis of surface observations at Japanese island stations during the ACE-Asia experiment
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2003) Download

Evaluating regional emission estimates using the TRACE-P observations
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2003) Download

The contribution of megacities to regional sulfur pollution in Asia
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2003) Download

Urban air pollution and health in China
Journal article in Urban Studies (2002) Download

Transport of air pollution from Asia to North America
Chapter in Air Pollution Modeling and Its Applications XIV (2004) Download

Sulfur deposition in Asia: Seasonal behavior and contributions from various energy sectors
Journal article in Water, Air, and Soil Pollution (2001) Download

The episodic nature of air pollution transport from Asia to North America
Journal article in Journal of Geophysical Research (2000) Download

The growing contribution of sulfur emissions from ships in Asian waters 1998-95
Journal article in Atmospheric Environment (2000) Download

Reports

Air Pollution Knowledge Assessments (APnA) city program (2017, 2019)
[Repository] [Quick look leaflets]
[Summary report (2017)] [Summary report (2019)]
[Summary of monthly concentrations and source contributions by city]
[Poster of APnA city program]
[Journal article (2014) – Nature of air pollution, emission sources, and management in Indian cities]
[Journal article (2019) – Air pollution knowledge assessments for 20 Indian cities]
[Individual city pages]
20 city reports released in 2017 [Agra] [Amritsar] [Bengaluru] [Bhopal] [Bhubaneswar] [Chandigarh] [Chennai] [Coimbatore] [Dehra Dun] [Indore] [Jaipur] [Kanpur] [Kochi] [Ludhiana] [Nagpur] [Patna] [Pune] [Raipur] [Ranchi] [Varanasi]
30 city reports released in 2019 [Agartala] [Ahmedabad] [Allahabad] [Asansol-Durgapur] [Aurangabad] [Dharwad-Hubli] [Dhanbad-Bokaro] [Gaya] [Guwahati-Dispur] [Gwalior] [Hyderabad] [Jamshedpur] [Jodhpur] [Kolkata-Howrah] [Kota] [Lucknow] [Madurai] [Mumbai] [Nashik] [Panjim-Vasco-Margao] [Puducherry] [Rajkot] [Shimla] [Srinagar] [Surat] [Thiruvananthapuram] [Tiruchirapalli] [Vadodara] [Vijayawada-Guntur] [Visakhapatnam]

Contribution of household air pollution to ambient air pollution in Ghana – Using available evidence to prioritize future action
Policy Brief (HEI/19) by Health Effects Institute (2019) Download

The contribution of household fuels to ambient air pollution in India – A comparison of recent estimates
Policy Brief (CCAPC/2019/01) by the Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre (2019) Download
[Supporting journal article at PNAS (2019) Download]
[Press releases @Times-of-India ]

Comprehensive air quality forecasting in India using big-data
Box material in Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) 6th Edition by UNEP (2019)
Our program features are detailed as 1-page box material in Chapter.25 – Future Data and Knowledge Needs

Air quality, emissions, and source contributions analysis for the Greater Bengaluru region of India
Technical report by UrbanEmissions.Info (2018) Download
[Handout – overview of air quality management in Bengaluru]
[Repository of air quality information for this region]
[Op-Ed in Citizen Matters on air quality monitoring needs (2018)]

Benefit cost analysis of emission standards for coal-fired thermal power plants in India
Technical report with Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (2018) Download
[Repository of information on coal-fired power plants in India]

Breath Easy Jakarta – Air quality management analysis for the greater Jakarta region
Fact sheet 1: Air quality monitoring
Fact sheet 2: Air quality communication
Fact sheet 3: Emissions inventory
Fact sheet 4: Health impacts
Fact sheet 5: Air quality management actions in Indonesia
Fact sheet 6: Clean air action planning for Jakarta

Coal Kills: Health Impacts of Air Pollution from India’s Coal Power Expansion
Report by UrbanEmissions.info and Conservation Action Trust (2014) [Read more & Download]
[Press cover in Huffington Post]
[Press cover in Economic Times]
[Press cover in Quartz]
[Press cover in Counterview]
[Cover story in India Today]
[Report discussed in Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament) during a Q&A session]

Characterizing Patna’s Ambient Air Quality and Assessing Opportunities for Policy Intervention
Report by UrbanEmissions.info and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (2014) [Read more & Download]
[Press Release by SSEF]

Emissions from the brick manufacturing industry
Book Chapter in Dhaka Megacity (2014), Springer Publishers, Chapter 17 Download

Bringing Development and Climate Change Together
White Paper by Asian Co-benefits Partnership, IGES, Japan (2014) [Download]

Impact of megacities on air pollution and climate change
Publication by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), GAW Report No.205 (2012) Download

Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone
Publication by UNEP (2011) [Summary to Decision Makers] [Full Report]

Tools for improving air quality management:
A review of top-down source apportionment techniques and their application in developing countries
Publication by the World Bank (2011) Download

DIESEL – Developing Integrated Emission Strategies for Existing Land-transport
Publication by the World Bank (2008) Download

PREPair – Program for Rapid Evaluation of air pollution in Kathmandu, Nepal
Proceedings at Better Air Quality conference (2008) Download

Co-Benefits analysis of air pollution and GHG emissions for Hyderabad, India
Report by Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES) Program of U.S.E.P.A, Washington DC, USA (2008) Download

Particulate pollution source apportionment – A case study of Hyderabad, India
Report by Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES) Program of U.S.E.P.A, Washington DC, USA (2007) Download

Urban air pollution analysis for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Publication by the World Bank (2007) Download

East Asia Environment Monitor – Adapting to Climate Change
Publication by the World Bank (2007) Download

Promoting global environmental priorities in the urban transport sector
Publication by the World Bank (2006) Download

Air pollution and acid rain control in China: Case studies of Shijiazhuang and Changsha
Publication by the World Bank (2003) Download

Op-Eds

Part II: How Did Lockdown 2 Change the Pollution Over India’s Cities?
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2020)

Data Analysis: How Has the Lockdown Changed the Pollution Over North India?
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2020)

Why science isn’t part of the fight against air pollution in India
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2020)

Don’t watch the mouth, watch the hands !
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2020)

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court of India Against Outdoor Air Purifiers
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)

The three kinds of people we need to fight India’s air pollution problem
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)

What can you, the individual, do to fight air pollution
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)

We need to fix household cooking and heating emissions to beat air pollution
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)

UN Environmental report formalises link between health and climate change
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)
[Report – Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) 6th Edition by UNEP]

Bengaluru will not breathe better air even with 44,000 air purifiers
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2019)

Air quality plan in Bengaluru needs more reliable data
Op-Ed in Citizen Matters (2018)

Delhi has a complex air pollution problem
Op-Ed in Hindustan Times (2018) Download
[Infograph summarizing the sector based contributions to Delhi’s air quality (2018)]
[Blog piece on understanding the emissions loads during Diwali in Delhi (2017)]
[Blog piece on what’s polluting Delhi’s air (2016)]
[Infograph investigating the role of emissions and meteorology (2015)]
[3-day air quality forecasts for the Greater Delhi region]

Come Deepavali (Diwali), it’s the explosion of hot air around pollution that hurts us more
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2017)

It’s about time we got smarter about monitoring our air pollution?
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2017)

How do we improve Delhi’s graded responsibility action plan for better air quality
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2017)

A sense of Déjà Vu – How Delhi knew what to do to fix its air pollution in 1997
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2017)

What it means to taking the long view on air pollution in Delhi
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2016)

Why Delhi’s plan for air filters at traffic intersections is a red herring
Op-Ed in the WIRE (2016)

What will it take to make Indian cities environment smart?
Commentary article in India Together (2015)
Infograph with methods to report air quality index (2015) Download

Is banning old vehicles enough to control air pollution in Delhi?
Commentary article in India Together (2014)
Infograph (2015) Download

The polluted air we breathe
Op-Ed in the Hindu (2015) Download

How much do you know about the air you are breathing?
Commentary article in India Together (2014)

Working Papers

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Audio & Video

Air pollution modeling in India: Insights from a natural experiment
Podcast @ Atmospheric Tales (2020)

The natural experiment
Podcast @ 99% Invisible (2020)

Ref.Notes

A data blog on Mumbai’s air quality during COVID19 lockdowns (2020)

A data blog on India’s air quality during COVID19 lockdowns (2020)

A blog piece on India’s National Clean Air Program (NCAP), city action plans (2019)

A blog piece on WHO’s outdoor PM2.5 database for India (2018)

An illustrated note on air pollution monitoring (2018)

A blog piece on understanding Diwali emission loads (2017)

An infographic on Delhi’s pollution – emission benefits of odd/even (2016)

An infographic on why we need to model air pollution (2016)

A blog piece on what’s polluting Delhi’s air (2016)

An infographic on Delhi’s pollution – is it the emissions or the meteorology (2015)

A primer on composing wet waste (2011)

A primer on pollution source apportionment (2011)

A primer on air quality of management (2008)

Media.Mentions

2020/May/24 – Hindustan Times

2020/Apr/20 – New Yorker

2019/Aug/18 – Hindustan Times

2019/Aug/03 – Hindustan Times (2)

2019/Aug/03 – Hindustan Times

2017/Nov/07 – NY Times

2016/Nov/05 – NY Times

2015/May/31 – NY Times

2015/Mar/13 – NY Times

2015/Feb/15 – NY Times

2015/Jan/10 – Sci.Dev.Net

2013/Mar/10 – the Guardian

2012/Nov/06 – the Economist