Improving understanding of emissions of air pollutants within and upwind of the HKH region

This includes improving understanding of the socioeconomic processes that lead to emissions; understanding the chemical composition of emissions from different sources; and the development and improvement of emission inventories relevant to the HKH.

We carried out measurements to quantify emissions from brick kilns, cook stoves, garbage fires, agricultural open burning, and diesel pumps and generators together with researchers and partners from the United States. We are building an improved gridded emissions inventory. Community-based studies are improving our understanding of the causes and drivers of the recent increase in setting fields on fire to get rid of agricultural residue, and of the cultural significance of open fires in certain communities.