Simple Interactive Models for better air quality (SIM-air)

Making Informed Air Quality Management Decisions

Mortality and Morbidity due to air pollution
According to WHO, urban air pollution is one of the leading cause of premature mortality and increasing number of morbidity cases in the developing world, second only to the indoor air pollution in the rural areas. The number of premature deaths can range from 1,000's to 10,000's in these cities due to aggravated respiratory and heart related problems. A number of these cities are implementing some initiatives to control urban air pollution, but often the institutional capacity to address this issue is limited due to the lack of organized data or simple analytical tools that may help support decision making. 
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Most available tools are complex and data-intensive and there is a need for a new generation of tools that recognize the cities information gaps and institutional challenges. There is also a need to rapidly scale-up the use of analytical tools for not only the rapidly expanding megacities but also secondary and tertiary cities with significant air pollution problems. Modern information, technology, and networking advances offer a tremendous opportunity to develop these tools to help city managers, regulators, academia, and the citizen groups to develop a coordinated knowledge base and analytical approaches to address integrated urban air quality management in an effective manner.

Hence, SIM-air - Simple Interactive Models for better air quality.

The main objective of the SIM-air family of tools is to make use of the best available information to arrive at estimates of key parameters (e.g. emissions from various sources) and simulate the interactions between emissions, pollution dispersion, impacts, and management options in an environmental and economic context. The tools under the SIM-air family are integrated, free, and plug & play in nature. The tools are also modular, where user can break the tools to individual components (by sectors) to evaluate the emissions and the pollution control interventions.

Browse the available tools - VAPIS, Smart-CART, AQI calculator, and HIC-UP.

Along with the tools, we maintain a working paper series, where methodologies, applications, and references on the air pollution modeling, emissions inventories, source apportionment, air quality management, and co-benefits analysis from cities and regions are published. The series is an open-resource and available for free. However, please cite the articles appropriately when used.

More information is also available on our BLOG - daily dose of air pollution - for latest news, reports, and analysis on outdoor and indoor air pollution and climate change.

Cities applications in varying capacities are Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Indore, and Pune (India), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand), Shanghai and Shijiazhuang (China), Lagos (Nigeria), Tana (Madagascar), Santiago (Chile), and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia).

For more details visit SIM-air information Page

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