Population Health

May 22, 2019

UW research measures air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport

DEOHS Research Scientist Tim Gould checks air sampling instruments set up on the roof of the SeaTac Community Center.Research led by the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences is measuring air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport to understand potential health effects on nearby communities.

The research team is measuring the geographic reach of aircraft-related air pollution exposures, distinguishing ultrafine particle emissions from aircraft versus those from cars and trucks. Ultrafine particle exposure has been linked with adverse cardiovascular and respiratory health effects. The team is also studying ultrafine particle levels in areas with high air traffic compared with areas not impacted by flights.

Researchers expect to share initial findings this summer, with final results expected in December.

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