The main task of the core unit is to understand and predict the way climate and air pollution variables behave in the atmosphere. The unit develops models and builds databases from combined satellite and ground monitoring stations to assess the environmental impact under different emission and concentration scenarios, with the main goal of understanding the impacts of environmental stressors on different disease outcomes.
The aim is the application of models to assign personal exposure to pollutants and climate stressors with fine resolution, aiming to capture and determine even small differences in health risks caused by the variation of personal exposure in urban environments. The unit also seeks to build and validate databases for areas with no coverage of ground monitoring stations, with a special interest in urban areas in low-and-middle-income countries (e.g. India, and South Africa).