Improving Air Pollution Predictions of Long-Term Exposure Using Short-Term Mobile and Stationary Monitoring in Two US Metropolitan Regions

Mei W. Tessum, Lianne Sheppard, Timothy V. Larson, Timothy R. Gould, Joel D. Kaufman, Sverre Vedal

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Mobile monitoring is increasingly employed to measure fine spatial-scale variation in air pollutant concentrations. However, mobile measurement campaigns are typically conducted over periods much shorter than the decadal periods used for modeling chronic exposure for use in air pollution epidemiology. Using the regions of Los Angeles and Baltimore and the time period from 2005 to 2014 as our modeling domain, we investigate whether including mobile or stationary passive sampling device (PSD) monitoring data collected over a single 2-week period in one or two seasons using a unified spatio-temporal air pollution model can improve model performance in predicting NO2 and NOx concentrations throughout the 9-year study period beyond what is possible using only routine monitoring data. In this initial study, we use data from mobile measurement campaigns conducted contemporaneously with deployments of stationary PSDs and only use mobile data collected within 300 m of a stationary PSD location for inclusion in the model. We find that including either mobile or PSD data substantially improves model performance for pollutants and locations where model performance was initially the worst (with the most-improved R2 changing from 0.40 to 0.82) but does not meaningfully change performance in cases where performance was already very good. Results indicate that in many cases, additional spatial information from mobile monitoring and personal sampling is potentially cost-efficient inexpensive way of improving exposure predictions at both 2-week and decadal averaging periods, especially for the predictions that are located closer to features such as roadways targeted by the mobile short-term monitoring campaign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3530-3538
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental science & technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 16 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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