Constructing representative air quality indicators with measures of uncertainty

Lee, D., Ferguson, C. and Scott, E.M. (2011) Constructing representative air quality indicators with measures of uncertainty. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 174(1), pp. 109-126. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2010.00658.x)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-985X.2010.00658.x

Abstract

Air quality indicators summarize overall concentrations of pollution for an urban area and are calculated from routine monitoring data comprising numerous pollutants measured at many locations. The indicator is constructed by aggregating these data over space and pollutants, typically using the sample mean, median or maximum. We propose an alternative approach based on geostatistical modelling, which allows intervals of uncertainty to be calculated for the spatial aggregation stage, and hence for the final indicator. We then extend our geostatistical model by allowing for the fact that the locations that are chosen for the pollution monitors may depend on the hypothesized concentrations at these locations, a phenomenon which is known as preferential sampling. We assess the effectiveness of our methods by simulation and use them to construct an air quality indicator for Greater London, England, for the month of August 2006.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scott, Professor E Marian and Miller, Dr Claire and Lee, Professor Duncan
Authors: Lee, D., Ferguson, C., and Scott, E.M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Journal Name:Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
ISSN:0964-1998
ISSN (Online):1467-985X
Published Online:14 September 2010

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