Special Issue "Environment and Health - Bridging South, North, East and West: Proceedings from the ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ Conference 2013"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)
Prof. Dr. Annette Peters (Website)
Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Epidemiology II, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1 , D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany
Interests: air pollution; nanoparticles; urban environments; climate change; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; aging, gene-environment interaction; metabolomics; epigenetics
Prof. Dr. Nino Kuenzli (Website)
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Chair for Social and Preventive Medicine, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
This special issue is open for submissions of papers presented at the Environment and Health - Bridging South, North, East and West: the ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ Conference 2013, Basel, Switzerland, 20-23 August 2013.
Papers submitted to this special edition of the IJERPH will undergo the standard peer-review procedure of the IJERPH. Accepted papers will be published as part of the regular issues of the IJERPH and collected together on this special issue website. Published papers will be indexed by the SCIE (Web of Science) and PubMed.
- Assessing exposure to indoor and ambient air pollution, noise, chemicals, toxic waste and electromagnetic fields and evaluating long term health impact
- Methodological challenges for global environmental epidemiology
- Environmental risks in the context of rapid urbanization in resource-poor settings
- Environmental susceptibility and resilience due to genes, co-morbidities, and socio-cultural and socio-economic factors
- Life course environmental epidemiology
- Linking science and policy through impact assessment
- Indoor and outdoor environmental interventions to improve health
- Water, sanitation and health linkages
- Linkages between agriculture, environment and diseases of poverty
- Identifying and modeling the impacts of and options for managing the environment and health risks of climate variability and change
- Health impacts of natural resources development and management (e.g. extractive industry, water-resource developments)
Prof. Dr. Annette Peters
Prof. Dr. Nino Kuenzli
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The participants of the conference benefit of a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication of a paper in this open access journal (1120 CHF instead of 1400 CHF).
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Airborne Particulate Matter in School Classrooms of Northern Italy
Authors: Sabrina Rovelli *, Andrea Cattaneo, Camilla P. Nuzzi, Andrea Spinazzè, Silvia Piazza, Paolo Carrer and Domenico M. Cavallo
Abstract: Indoor size-fractioned particulate matter (PM) was measured in seven schools in Milan, to characterize their concentration levels in classrooms, compare the measured concentrations with the recommended guideline values, and provide a preliminary assessment of the efficacy of the intervention measures, based on the “Guidelines for the prevention of indoor risk factors for allergies and asthma in the school” and applied to mitigate exposure to undesirable air pollutants. Indoor sampling was performed from Monday morning to Friday afternoon in three classrooms of each school and was repeated in winter 2011-12 and 2012-13. Simultaneously, PM2.5 samples were also collected outdoors. Two different photometers were used to collect the PM continuous data, which were corrected a posteriori using simultaneous gravimetric PM2.5 measurements. Furthermore, the concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) were monitored and used to determine the Air Exchange Rates in the classrooms. The results revealed poor IAQ in the school environment. In several cases, the PM2.5 and PM10 24-h concentrations exceeded the 24-h guideline values established by the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the indoor CO2 levels often surpassed the CO2 ASHRAE Standard. Our findings confirmed that important indoor sources (human movements, personal clouds, cleaning activities).