Air Pollution and Health

Cars in a traffic jam

Air pollution is a major public health problem, with the World Health organisation linking it to 7 million deaths worldwide each year. However, few epidemiological studies have estimated the impact of air pollution in Scotland. Therefore working with colleagues in Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency we have developed innovative data visualisation and modelling analytics to quantify the extent to which populations who live in areas with higher concentrations exhibit increased levels of respiratory and cardiovascular ill health. Our main findings to date are that air pollution exhibits the strongest relationships with respiratory disease