MIT Energy Initiative

Regulating particulate pollution

Novel analysis yields new insights

Maps show sensitivities of PM2.5 concentrations to emissions of NOx, from Regulating particulate pollution, Energy Futures Spring 2016

For policymaking, we’d like to know what the effectiveness of cutting one unit of a given emission would be.

Noelle Selin, associate professor

Jareth Holt, Susan Solomon, and Noelle Selin of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences have developed new insights into how energy-related emissions form fine airborne particles that damage human health, and they have demonstrated a new way to design emissions-control measures specially tailored to reduce particulate pollution in a specific location.

Research Team

Jareth Holt

This research was supported in part by the MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund