Local Researchers Study Santa Monica Air Quality

From Santa Monica Daily Press

Local researchers have found the air quality in Santa Monica, while generally good, gets worse on the weekends and varies across the city.

Graduate students at the Pardee RAND Graduate School conducting a research project in Santa Monica providing insights into air quality at the neighborhood level. The specificity of the data is unprecedented, as the government monitors air quality over large regions and uses mathematical models to differentiate between different areas. That approach can’t quantify how freeways, smoking and even barbecuing impact air quality in certain neighborhoods, said Todd Richmond, director of Pardee’s Tech & Narrative lab, which is conducting the pilot study.