Health and air quality
Australian cities generally have lower air pollution concentrations than U.S. and European cities. However, our cities regularly experience distinctive extreme air pollution events arising from unregulated sources including bushfires, hazard reduction burns and dust storms. Also vehicular traffic, mining and industrial activity and power stations are important sources of air pollution in Australia as they are in many other developed countries. We will investigate air pollution and health effects across exposure-response relationships for both urban and biomass (e.g. woodsmoke from heaters) sources of air pollution. Our goal is not simply description: We wish to conduct research directed also towards solutions.