SOCAAR is pleased to announce a special seminar by Professor Tong Zhu from
Peking University, Beijing on Friday, Feb 15th at 2pm. This is a very exciting
opportunity to hear about the extreme air pollution that Beijing is currently
Please note the different seminar location - Wallberg Building 215.
Air Pollution in Beijing and the North China Plain:
Formation Processes and Health Impacts
Professor Tong Zhu
Peking University, Beijing
Beijing, a megacity with 20 million populations, has been experiencing severe air
pollution in recent years. Since 1999, systematic air pollution control measures
have been introduced, especially before and during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
However, the challenge of air pollution control in Beijing is unprecedented. This
is because Beijing is located at the north edge of the North China Plain, a
region with intensive air pollution emissions due to active human activities.
To understand the transport and transformation processes in regions
surrounding Beijing, the North China Plain, and to formulate regional air pollution
controlling policy for the Beijing Olympics, an international collaborative project,
CAREBEIJING (Campaigns of Air Quality Research in Beijing and Surrounding
Regions) led by Peking University was carried out 2006, 2007, and 2008. Based
on the findings, regional coordinated air pollution control measures were
proposed and implemented before and during Beijing Olympics.
In the meantime, short-term health effects of air pollution in Beijing were
studied based on panel type study design, on schoolchildren, health young
adults, and elderly with cardiovascular disease. Major findings of the formation
processes and health impacts of atmospheric pollution in megacity Beijing and
the North China plain, and analysis about the main factors lead to the most
recent severe air pollution in Beijing, will be presented.
FRIDAY, February 15, 2013, 2 - 3 pm
Wallberg Building, 200 College Street, Room 215
This seminar will be recorded and will be available after the talk at the following
Recordings of past SOCAAR seminars can also be found here.