A review of AirQ Models and their applications for forecasting the air pollution health outcomes

Gea Oliveri Conti, Behzad Heibati, Itai Kloog, Maria Fiore, Margherita Ferrante

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Even though clean air is considered as a basic requirement for the maintenance of human health, air pollution continues to pose a significant health threat in developed and developing countries alike. Monitoring and modeling of classic and emerging pollutants is vital to our knowledge of health outcomes in exposed subjects and to our ability to predict them. The ability to anticipate and manage changes in atmospheric pollutant concentrations relies on an accurate representation of the chemical state of the atmosphere. The task of providing the best possible analysis of air pollution thus requires efficient computational tools enabling efficient integration of observational data into models. A number of air quality models have been developed and play an important role in air quality management. Even though a large number of air quality models have been discussed or applied, their heterogeneity makes it difficult to select one approach above the others. This paper provides a brief review on air quality models with respect to several aspects such as prediction of health effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6426-6445
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Air pollution
  • AirQ models
  • AirQ software2.2
  • Epidemiology
  • Health effects
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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