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Clearing the Air Seminar Series: Filling the Knowledge Gap on Air Quality in Indian Cities

Navroz K Dubash

December 7, 2017

Watch the full video (above) of the seminar by Dr Sarath Guttikunda, where he discusses the contribution of various sources of air pollution, particularly in Delhi, and takes the audience through the different approaches of measuring air pollutants. He identifies the gaps in knowledge and data on air pollution in the country, as well as the challenges in monitoring emissions from different sources.

Dr Sarath Guttikunda is the founder/director UrbanEmissions.Info (UEinfo, India), a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow; and a TED fellow. His main research interest is air quality analysis at urban, regional, and global scales and finding ways to bridge the gap between science, policy, and public awareness. In 2016, UEinfo launched two public portals DelhiAirQuality.Info and IndiaAirQuality.Info, disseminating modeled forecasts of air quality and source contributions for the next 3 days; and other policy relevant information for Delhi and India. In 2017, they launched the Air Pollution Knowledge Assessment (APnA) city program aimed at building high resolution emissions and pollution databases for Indian cities. It is an attempt to create a baseline database for air pollution in Indian cities to inform policymakers as they chart out strategies to improve air quality.

This is the first seminar in the Clearing the Air Seminar Series, organised by the Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment (ICEE) at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). This series aims to promote sustained and informed public understanding around the data, impacts, sources and policy challenges involved in clearing Delhi’s air. While it will focus on the context of Delhi, the series will also reflect on the fact that the problem extends far beyond Delhi. The seminar series will present the work of experts in a range of areas to help promote informed public discussion about what changes are needed, what is possible, and how to get it done. Clearing the air in terms of knowledge and public information, we hope, will make a small contribution toward actually clearing Delhi’s air.

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here. The presentation from the event can be accessed here.