Effects of COVID-19 Lockdown on Air Quality and Mortality across Continental United States – A Data Driven Approach

This study aims to integrate observational air quality data from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state agencies monitoring networks with satellite data and epidemiological studies to quantify, on short-term and long-term scales, the health benefits of the lockdown measures imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team will analyze the role of different emission sectors and systems as well as the role of meteorology in contributing to the observed decrease in PM2·5 concentrations. The research team will compare the mortality burden from COVID-19 to the avoided deaths resulting from improved air quality. In addition, the human, social, and political dynamics leading to different risk perceptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic versus a global environmental crisis will be explored, and the implications of these differences for policy making.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $50000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Researchh in Transportation Emissionss, Energy and Health

    Texas A&M Transportation Instiitute
    College Station, Texas  United States  77843
  • Project Managers:

    Farzaneh, Reza

    Johnson, Jeremy

    Khreis, Haneen

    Rezaee, Arman

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jaikumar, Rohit

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20211231
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Source Data: 05-39-TTI

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01765848
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747128
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2021 6:23PM