Can Aerosol Optical Depth unlock the future of air quality monitoring and lung cancer prevention?

Haoxuan Yu, Izni Zahidi, Chow Ming Fai, Dongfang Liang, Dag Øivind Madsen

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This “Policy Brief” explores the potential integration of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) into the United Kingdom’s air quality and public health monitoring frameworks, highlighting its potential to enhance existing air pollution control strategies. Amid growing concerns over air pollution’s impact on health, particularly the link between particulate matter and lung cancer, this brief presents a focused investigation into how AOD can be leveraged alongside traditional monitoring methods to provide a more nuanced understanding of air quality trends. By correlating AOD data with lung cancer incidence rates within the UK, the brief aims to uncover potential associations and inform public health decisions. Furthermore, it discusses the advantages and limitations of employing AOD in air pollution and respiratory disease monitoring, advocating for a strategic enhancement of the UK's air pollution monitoring efforts. This approach seeks to complement and refine current monitoring practices with advanced remote sensing techniques, aiming to inform policy innovations that prioritize environmental health and public welfare. Through a comprehensive review of existing data and policies, the brief underscores the urgency of adopting multidimensional air quality management strategies that respond to technological advancements and emerging public health needs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Sciences Europe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2024


  • Air quality
  • Environmental health
  • Public health
  • Remote sensing

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