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Urban Aerosols - From Emission Sources to Health Impacts

Alejandro Salcido

Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias

Dr. Salcido has over 40 years of research experience in the areas of statistical physics and lattice gas models. Currently, his research interests include micrometeorology, air pollution modeling, wind taxonomy, traffic cellular automata, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and mathematical modeling.


Ana-Teresa Celada-Murillo

Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias

Dr. Celada-Murillo received her Ph.D. National Center for Technological Research and Development, Mexico. Her main research interests include air pollution and the evaluation of its environmental impacts, characterization, and selection of meteorological events related to air pollution events, and modeling of the coagulation process of atmospheric aerosols.


Urban Sources Measurement Procedures Aerosol Inventories Chemical Composition Atmospheric Dispersion Coagulation Condensation Radioactive Effects Visibility Impact Air Quality Impact Black Carbon Urban Aerosol Concentrations

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Urban aerosols are present in almost all cities worldwide, especially those with many mobile and point sources releasing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. These pollutants produce health and environmental impacts related to their concentration, size, and chemical composition, with the finest aerosols being those that cause the greatest public health detriment due to the ability to penetrate deep areas causing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. In air pollution events with high aerosol concentrations, people are exposed to high doses of these pollutants, generating increased hospital admissions for respiratory diseases. In the environment, they modify the local earth energy balance due to the absorption of a part of the energy emitted into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases typically absorb this energy, but the absorption by black carbon aerosols is larger. Moreover, changes in land use that predominate in many cities (deforested areas or without vegetation cover, waterproof pavements, conglomerates of buildings, reduced green spaces) affect the local temperature through phenomena such as the urban heat island, which intensity increases due to the presence of urban aerosols.

This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art of urban aerosols, from the emission sources to the environmental and health impacts, going through the characterization, transport and transformation of the aerosols in cities.

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Alejandro Salcido

Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias

Alejandro Salcido is currently Lead Scientist (as independent researcher) in the Colectivo Sistemas Complejos in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Physics Department of the Faculty of Sciences at the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM) in 1992. From 1979 up to 1991 Dr. Salcido was Staff Scientist (Statistical Physics and Lattice Gas Models) and Faculty Professor (Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Electrodynamics) at the Physics Department of UNAM. Dr. Salcido has published close to a hundred scholarly articles in international journals, proceedings of conferences and book chapters. His main research topics include micrometeorology, air pollution modelling, wind taxonomy, lattice gas dynamics, cellular automata fluids, traffic cellular automata, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, thermodynamic and phonon properties of high Tc superconductors, and mathematical modelling.

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