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BC CLEAR Projects 2011-2012 (funding start dates) > The Effect of Pollution from Asia on Background Levels of Black Carbon in British Columbia

The Effect of Pollution from Asia on Background Levels of Black Carbon in British Columbia

posted on 7:00 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Allan Bertram

It is well known that there is a strong correlation between atmospheric concentrations of particles less than 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5) and negative health effects. A key component of PM2.5 is black carbon. Researchers will assess the importance of long-range transport of black carbon from Asia to British Columbia by a combination of field measurements, data analysis and modelling studies. Understanding background levels of black carbon and the impact of transport from Asia on these levels is an important factor for air quality management issues. For example, an increase in background black carbon levels can make it more difficult to meet provincial ambient air quality criteria.

Read the final report.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

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We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

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Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

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At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

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