AIR Research Areas

AIR pioneers strategic research into a wide range of links between local air pollution and other policy objectives that potentially could deliver important motivation for effective policy actions. 

Directions of such exploratory research include:

A Global Perspective on Air Pollution

AIR explores global-scale future emission scenarios for air pollutants and short-lived substances, as an input to global long-term greenhouse gas emission scenarios that are developed at a much more aggregated and stylized level. Special emphasis is put on the role of policy decisions, both on the introduction of new, more stringent emission control measures, as well as on the effective implementation of existing legislation. More

Pollution Hotspots

While pollution impacts are often most visible at the urban scale due to high population densities, physical features imply that cities alone cannot solve the problem, and effective response strategies must involve the sources in a large surrounding area. More

Clean Air For Asia

The growing pollution problem in Asia is one focus of IIASA's research since the early 1990s. IIASA research helped to identify forthcoming problems at an early point in time, and contributes to identifying practical solutions that deliver multiple benefits.  More

Inequalities of Pollution

The inequality of pollution, while under-researched, can offer potentially powerful arguments for policy making, by giving more emphasis to those groups in the population that are usually hardest hit by pollution.  More

Integrated Nitrogen Management

Modeling by the AIR program has shown that efforts to reduce the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) precursor emissions will not deliver the expected drop in air pollution unless a reduction of agricultural ammonia (NH3) emissions is achieved. At the same time, proper nitrogen management delivers a wide range of other development benefits. More

Short-lived Climate Pollutants

Short-lived climate pollutants - including black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and tropospheric ozone – are powerful climate forcers with global warming potentials many times that of carbon dioxide.  More

Non-CO2 Gases and Ambitious Climate Targets

As pathways for near-complete decarbonization of global energy systems take increasingly concrete forms, the role of remaining non-CO2 greenhouse gases for meeting long-term climate targets becomes an increasing concern.  More

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