Collaborating on clean air research

September 23, 2019 |
Six people smiling and kneeling on a brick walkway that is part of the Great Wall of China.

UW faculty find new opportunities for partnership with Chinese researchers on air pollution and environmental health

UW faculty at the Great Wall following their two-day workshop with air pollution researchers at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. Photo: Courtesy of Vedal.


A group of air pollution researchers from the University of Washington, led by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing earlier this month and returned enthusiastic about opportunities for future research collaborations.

Edmund Seto, Catherine Karr, Joel Kaufman (L to R)

The group, led by DEOHS Professor Emeritus Sverre Vedal, met with researchers from the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing and other universities in China at a workshop on air pollution and environmental health.

“Our UW team came away impressed by the high level of sophistication of Chinese air pollution research capabilities,” Vedal said. “We have laid the groundwork for future research partnerships that could impact public health in both countries.”

The UW team also included: Professor Catherine Karr, Professor Joel Kaufman, Associate Professor Edmund Seto, Professor Christopher Simpson, all from DEOHS; and Julian Marshall, professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

The researchers plan to develop at least one pilot research project in China as an immediate follow-up to the workshop, Vedal said.

The workshop in Beijing is likely to lead to additional research collaborations and pilot projects. Photo: Courtesy of Vedal.


UW researchers visit the Beijing air quality monitoring station headquarters. Photo: Courtesy of Vedal.


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