Air Pollution and Asthma Equity Index in Alabama
Saeideh Gharehchahi, Geography
8:15-8:25am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
One of the most important environmental problems that is threatening public health is air pollution. In some regions of the world, this issue is becoming a severe health risk due to uncontrolled industrial activities, consumption of fossil fuels and population density. Air pollution can lead to premature mortality, cardiovascular disease, bronchitis, asthma, and cancer especially in vulnerable population groups. Therefore, evaluation of demographic data related to air pollution and social equity among communities is a necessary component of responsible governmental policy interventions. Here, this study aims at analysis of the spatial and temporal of air pollution and population data in Alabama to assess the social and racial equity in communities. Initially, a spatial database consisting of air pollution parameters and demographic data were collected and the spatial-temporal relationships between the air pollution and demographic data was analyzed and mapped to prioritize the populations at risk across the state of Alabama.
student research, geography
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Gaskins, Tim, "Air Pollution and Asthma Equity Index in Alabama" (2023). JSU Student Symposium 2023. 5.