Special Issue "The Impact of COVID Lockdowns on Reducing Air Pollution"

A special issue of Pollutants (ISSN 2673-4672). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Pollution".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Farshad Amiraslani
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Guest Editor
School of Geography & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, Ulster University, Coleraine BT52 1SA, UK
Interests: air and marine ecosystems; dust emissions; urban air pollution; wetland pollution; remote sensing; monitoring; modelling; socioeconomic impacts; dust emissions; urban air pollution

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Despite all humanistic miseries and losses, the recent COVID-19 pandemic, 2020–2021, created an exceptional opportunity for the environment to be revived biologically in many places. Globally, reports reveal improved conditions for the wildlife and plants for their populations to be rebounded.

Urban areas where over half of the current population lives have experienced more calm situations and healthier air quality due to the lockdowns. This is not surprising because a lot of routine activities, as well as manufacturing, transportations, and trades, declined or were halted. In the meantime, however, indoor activities increased as people were confined in their homes, possibly receiving less fresh air and increasing their cooking activities.

Therefore, in this Special Issue, we are looking at indoor and outdoor air pollution during lockdowns. For outdoor pollution, we seek original works that provide trends across various urban or rural areas during the timeframe mentioned above and beyond (as a comparison). Likewise, we would like to receive original contributions for possible changes in indoor air quality at homes or workplaces.

Contributors may utilize a diverse range of methodologies and datasets. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit to this Special Issue regardless of research methods. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further inquiries about the scope of this Special Issue.

Dr. Farshad Amiraslani
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • COVID-19
  • Air pollution
  • Urban pollution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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