What is it about?

In Mexico, 103 urban areas have air quality monitoring, whilst more than 2,000 cities lack any information and only 29 have monitoring systems that are robust enough to estimate exposure. This poses serious limitations for environmental and health authorities when aiming at assessing current exposure levels to Traffic-Related Air Pollution (TRAP) with the purpose of designing and implementing policies to reduce the impacts of poor air quality in the population.

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Why is it important?

This study proposes an approach to estimate the population potentially exposed to TRAP using Space Syntax’s accessibility index as the urban form variable. Our findings show a similar proportion of the population continually exposed to TRAP due to the proximity to roads with heavy traffic than studies using more complex models.


We propose a different approach to estimate the population exposed to air pollution, using urban form as the most important variable

Ruben Garnica-Monroy
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

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This page is a summary of: Spatial Analysis of Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Mexico: Implications for Urban Planning to Improve Public Health, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, August 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s12061-021-09415-1.
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