Research in IP4 will explore how air quality in Australia, while generally good, continues to cause significant health impacts from bushfire smoke, planned burns, wood-heaters, and local industrial pollution.
IP4 will work with government agencies responsible for air quality, fire management and public health to identify research needs and generate information to inform decision-making.
The effective dissemination of information to the public is also critical, as highlighted during the 2019/20 bushfires when the public was unable to interpret air pollution information nor understand the implications for their health.
Our research priorities are:
- maintaining and improving air quality
- transferring international air quality science to the Australian environment
- identifying and developing effective new technologies aimed at reducing the concentration of air pollutants
- evaluating local planning and zoning regulations to reduce air pollutants
- developing and identifying tools for ambient air quality monitoring.