Policy Project with the Mongolian Ministry of Environment & Green Development
Our research group is currently spearheading a Mongolian Clean Air Fund project to estimate the health impacts of several reasonable energy policy pathways for the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar through 2025. Policy pathways include considerations for household heating, electricity generation, and traffic, and are used to model outdoor and indoor environmental exposures to particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5 ). Integrated exposure estimates are then calculated, and a modified version of our group’s HAPIT tool is used to estimate health impacts. This project is a close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment & Green Development and colleagues at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, the University of California, Irvine, and Washington University in St. Louis. Project members include L. Drew Hill (HHECH Group, UC Berkeley), Yuma Damdinsuren (Clean Air Fund), Rufus Edwards (UC Irvine), Jay Turner (WUSTL), and Purvedorj Baljinnyam (HSUM). The principle investigators are Chimedsuren Ochir (HSUM) and Kirk R. Smith (HHECH Group, UC Berkeley). A final report is expected to be completed by the end of May 2014.

A Pilot Study of Longterm, Wintertime Indoor PM2.5 Concentrations in Gers in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Continuous measurements of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) were taken inside and directly outside of 9 ger households in Ulaanbaatar during the 2013 winter season. The goal if these measurements is to better understand the possible magnitudes and patterns of variation in PM2.5 levels in the ger region of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This pilot was also designed to provide insight into the feasibility of measurement protocols in the cultural and climactic context of the world’s coldest capital city.