Defra’s Air Quality Expert Group have issued a request for rapid evidence on how changes in societal and economic activity during the Covid-19 outbreak are affecting air quality in the UK. Submissions are by 30 April 2020.
Key questions are:
- What sectors or areas of socioeconomic activity do you anticipate will show a decrease in air pollution emissions, and by how much? Are there any emissions sources or sectors which might be anticipated to lead to an increase in emissions in the next three months?
- Can you provide estimates for how emissions and ambient concentrations of NOx, NO2, PM, O3, VOC, NH3 etc may have changed since the COVID outbreak? Where possible please provide data sets to support your response.
- What changes do you anticipate in indoor air quality as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic?
- How might public exposure to air pollution have changed as a consequence of recent restrictions on movement?
- How might altered emissions of air pollutants over the next three months affect UK summertime air quality?
- Based on what is already known about air pollutants as respiratory irritants or inflammatory agents, can any insights be gained into the impact of air quality on viral infection?
- Are there any insights that can be gained from aerosol science on possible viral transmission mechanisms?
Call details: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/news?view=259.