Human and Landscape Health

Human and Landscape Health through Aerobiology

Palaeoworks people involved in the project

Simon Haberle

Janelle Stevenson

Project summary

This research (otherwise known as the ‘Darwin Smoke Project’) provides daily pollen and charcoal counts for the Darwin town area over a 36-month period. The data will be compared to respiratory disease (e.g. asthma) surveys over the same timeframe to investigate links with atmospheric dust content. The aim is to determine the ecological causes and adverse health effects of different levels of bushfire smoke in Darwin. Darwin is an ideal setting for this research because the only source of air pollution is the high incidence of controlled and uncontrolled bushfires during the dry season. The findings of the proposed research will contribute to improved fire management practices to reduce injurious smoke pollution events and contribute to setting appropriate national air quality standards.

For more information go to Australian Aerobiology

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