PL7

The objective of this session is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions of our current state of knowledge about the interplay between air quality, human health, and associated risk in the Mediterranean. This is one of the most controversial topics in current research. The Mediterranean region is affected from frequent dust episodes (originating from the Sahara region and crossing from South to North) and anthropogenic pollution (originating from South Europe and crossing from North to South). Therefore, air pollution in the Mediterranean region impose complex physical-chemical characteristics for aerosols.
Air pollution is one of the leading environmental risk factor for human health globally, especially with regard to ambient fine particular matter, ozone, and some non-criteria pollutants that are considered to have the highest toxicity such as metals, organics, black carbon, allergens, and their partitioning in both fine and ultrafine aerosol particles. The assessment of the associated risk, especially regarding the impact to the lungs, the circulatory system, and the brain is still far from being understood. Despite extraordinary advances, a growing number of challenges remain. An emerging consensus suggests that the time has come for science to establish novel interdisciplinary research partnerships based on cross-sectoral collaborations between different expertise, such as air quality, aerosol science and technology, emission research, meteorology, climatology, toxicology, and epidemiology, governance and risk management. It is necessary to develop significant scientific evidence to guide the development of new recommendations, policies, and legislation. Rethinking science is necessary to meet today’s priorities.

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Conveners: Francesca Costabile, Tareq Hussein

The objective of this session is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions of our current state of knowledge about the interplay between air quality, human health, and associated risk in the Mediterranean. This is one of the most controversial topics in current research. The Mediterranean region is affected from frequent dust episodes (originating from the Sahara region and crossing from South to North) and anthropogenic pollution (originating from South Europe and crossing from North to South). Therefore, air pollution in the Mediterranean region impose complex physical-chemical characteristics for aerosols.
Air pollution is one of the leading environmental risk factor for human health globally, especially with regard to ambient fine particular matter, ozone, and some non-criteria pollutants that are considered to have the highest toxicity such as metals, organics, black carbon, allergens, and their partitioning in both fine and ultrafine aerosol particles. The assessment of the associated risk, especially regarding the impact to the lungs, the circulatory system, and the brain is still far from being understood. Despite extraordinary advances, a growing number of challenges remain. An emerging consensus suggests that the time has come for science to establish novel interdisciplinary research partnerships based on cross-sectoral collaborations between different expertise, such as air quality, aerosol science and technology, emission research, meteorology, climatology, toxicology, and epidemiology, governance and risk management. It is necessary to develop significant scientific evidence to guide the development of new recommendations, policies, and legislation. Rethinking science is necessary to meet today’s priorities.