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  • TERI sets up Uttaranchal's first 'high-tech' air pollution laboratory

    26 March 2006

    India's leading research and technology institute, The Energy and Resources Institute TERI), in collaboration with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), has inaugurated an air pollution-monitoring laboratory in Supi, Uttaranchal. Pollution aerosols are likely to have a large influence on both human health and regional climate. While the link between air pollution and health is accepted, the one with climate change is mostly unexplored. The collaborative project will investigate the link between air pollution and changes in climatic conditions, especially in the Himalayan region.

    Based on the continuous measurements for a one-year period, analysis of the measurement and air mass transport data would be undertaken, and a report would be prepared highlighting the main results, including a data set containing a full seasonal cycle of aerosol measurements. The laboratory at Supi will measure the air pollution levels prevalent even in a 'regional background station'. The TERI laboratory will measure not just the concentration of aerosols in the region but also try to gauge their source of origin.

    Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI, said, "This project will help us protect the health of both our present and future generations by helping us understand the sources of particulate emissions and how to effectively deal with them."

    The collaboration between FMI and TERI might extend to measurements at a polluted site near Delhi to in the future. The laboratory at Supi is the first step towards starting a comprehensive monitoring program in India.