Air Pollution concentration (PM10), Globally by City, Global, 2006

Polluted air is a major health hazard in developing countries. Improvements in pollution monitoring and statistical techniques during the last several decades have steadily enhanced the ability to measure the health effects of air pollution. Current methods can detect significant increases in the incidence of cardiopulmonary and respiratory diseases, coughing, bronchitis, and lung cancer, as well as premature deaths from these diseases resulting from elevated concentrations of ambient Particulate Matter (Holgate 1999).

Scarce public resources have limited the monitoring of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) concentrations in developing countries, despite their large potential health effects. As a result, policymakers in many developing countries remain uncertain about the exposure of their residents to PM air pollution. The Global Model of Ambient Particulates (GMAPS) is an attempt to bridge this information gap through an econometrically estimated model for predicting PM levels in world cities (Pandey et al. forthcoming).

The estimation model is based on the latest available monitored PM pollution data from the World Health Organization, supplemented by data from other reliable sources. The current model can be used to estimate PM levels in urban residential areas and non-residential pollution hotspots. The results of the model are used to project annual average ambient PM concentrations for residential and non-residential areas in 3,226 world cities with populations larger than 100,000, as well as national capitals

This section shows information about this dataset's attributes
Attributes Range Median Mean Std. Dev.
city City column (no statistics available)
-53.15  to  69.37
33.68 27.14 22.55
40001  to  8940007
3800053 4262007.89 2554971.54
iso3 Text column (no statistics available)
country Country column (no statistics available)
concentration of Pollution (pm10)
6  to  359
37 50.79 38.31
Urban population weighted average PM10 concentrations (micro grams per cubic meter) in residential areas of cities larger than 100,000
-157.86  to  178.44
36.34 34.19 73.68