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April 15, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite Images

Technique could find sources of heavy air pollution and allow researchers to better study its effects on human health and make socially just policy decisions

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October 14, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Building Air Quality Infrastructure in South Asia

Environmental engineers at Duke University have received a three-year, $2 million grant from the United States Department of State to create air quality sensor networks and research programs in several countries throughout South Asia. The project’s goal is to improve air [...]

April 22, 2020 | Science Daly

Spotting air pollution with satellites, better than ever before

Researchers from Duke University have devised a method for estimating the air quality over a small patch of land using nothing but satellite imagery and weather conditions. Such information could help researchers identify hidden hotspots of dangerous pollution, greatly [...]

April 6, 2020 | Duke Online

Bedroom Air Filters Help Asthmatic Children Breathe Easier

Using a bedroom air filter that traps fine particles of pollution with diameters smaller than 2.5 micrometers can significantly improve breathing in asthmatic children, a new study by American and Chinese scientists shows.

September 9, 2019 | Duke Today

Pratt Undergrads Learn Field Work Methods by Examining Air and Water in China

See what Duke undergraduates have to say about their experience monitoring air and water quality in Kunshan, China. The spring 2019 research trip was part of the civil and environmental engineering course, International Applications of Environmental Field Methods, taught by [...]

August 30, 2019 | Duke Rate of Change Podcast

Air Quality, Quick and Dirty

Air pollution degrades everything from cultural heritage sites like the Taj Mahal, to solar energy production. Duke civil and environmental engineering professor Mike Bergin is trying to fill in some of the knowledge gaps about what the pollution is and where it comes from [...]

December 14, 2018 | Times Now News

Duke University Professor Suggests Measures for Pollution Control in Delhi

he National Capital, Delhi continues to gasp for clean air, as the air quality remains in poor. Srinjoy Chowdhury caught up with Dr, Michael H. Bergin from Duke University who researched on the influence of air pollution of climate change and human health. Listen in!

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July 4, 2016

An Undergraduate Hands-on Research Experience in Bolivia

As part of an undergraduate course, several undergraduate students from Duke visit Bolivia to measure key components of air and water contamination in collaboration with the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz.

Taj Mahal

February 11, 2015 | Duke Research Blog

Research, New Polices Protect 'The Lungs of India'

You can’t see into the lungs of the people of Agra, India, home of the Taj Mahal. But just a glance at what should be pristine white marble domes of the local landmark shows that air quality is a major concern.

January 27, 2015 | Duke Engineering News

Michael Bergin: Studying Tiny Particles with a Giant Global Impact

An expert on aerosols, Mike Bergin studies the environmental and human health effects of natural and manmade microscopic particles floating all around the Earth’s atmosphere. Ranging in size from a few nanometers to tens of microns, particulate matter can be released into the air through everything from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass to the kicking up of mass quantities of dust through industrial construction and agricultural activity.