American University of Beirut

Air Pollution

​Theme 1| Air Pollution

Evidence suggests that Beirut experiences high levels of air pollution, way exceeding WHO standards for maximum acceptable levels of particulate matter. This pollution deteriorates the health of Beirut's inhabitants, which necessitates well planned remedial initiatives.


C-AIR is coordinated by SHI and led by three internationally recognized experts in the field from the departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut.

Project Objectives
The project aims to establish a link between people's exposure to air pollution and the location and type of emission sources and the morphology of the street canyons. 
C-AIR is planned to be implemented in three phases:

Phase I: Emission Inventory [initiated on January 2017]
Build the emission Inventory by collecting data on diesel generators, traffic, incinerators,factories, domestic heating boilers and chimneys.

Phase II: Air Pollution and Local Meteorological Data
Collect local air pollution and meteorological data in different sectors
Simulate and establish air pollution circulation 
Identify air pollutant hotspots and formation of pollution corridors in the streets of Beirut
Phase III: Real Time: Air Pollution and Weather Data 
Install real time air pollution monitoring stations
Calculate the Air quality index (AQI)
Collect weather data and forecast
Translate findings into precautions and preventive measures

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