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Ensemble averaging using remote sensing data to model spatiotemporal PM10 concentrations in sparsely monitored South Africa
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4651461
Author(s) Arowosegbe, O. O.; Röösli, M.; Künzli, N.; Saucy, A.; Adebayo-Ojo, T. C.; Schwartz, J.; Kebalepile, M.; Jeebhay, M. F.; Dalvie, M. A.; de Hoogh, K.
Author(s) at UniBasel Arowosegbe, Oluwaseyi Olalekan
Röösli, Martin
Künzli, Nino
Saucy, Apolline
Adebayo, Temitope
de Hoogh, Kees
Year 2022
Title Ensemble averaging using remote sensing data to model spatiotemporal PM10 concentrations in sparsely monitored South Africa
Journal Environmental pollution
Volume 310
Pages / Article-Number 119883
Keywords Ensemble averaging; Machine learning; Particulate matter; Satellite observations
Mesh terms Aerosols; Air Pollutants; Air Pollution; Environmental Monitoring; Particulate Matter; Remote Sensing Technology; South Africa
Abstract There is a paucity of air quality data in sub-Saharan African countries to inform science driven air quality management and epidemiological studies. We investigated the use of available remote-sensing aerosol optical depth (AOD) data to develop spatially and temporally resolved models to predict daily particulate matter (PM10) concentrations across four provinces of South Africa (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape) for the year 2016 in a two-staged approach. In stage 1, a Random Forest (RF) model was used to impute Multiangle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction AOD data for days where it was missing. In stage 2, the machine learner algorithms RF, Gradient Boosting and Support Vector Regression were used to model the relationship between ground-monitored PM10 data, AOD and other spatial and temporal predictors. These were subsequently combined in an ensemble model to predict daily PM10 concentrations at 1 km x 1 km spatial resolution across the four provinces. An out-of-bag R(2) of 0.96 was achieved for the first stage model. The stage 2 cross-validated (CV) ensemble model captured 0.84 variability in ground-monitored PM10 with a spatial CV R(2) of 0.48 and temporal CV R(2) of 0.80. The stage 2 model indicated an optimal performance of the daily predictions when aggregated to monthly and annual means. Our results suggest that a combination of remote sensing data, chemical transport model estimates and other spatiotemporal predictors has the potential to improve air quality exposure data in South Africa's major industrial provinces. In particular, the use of a combined ensemble approach was found to be useful for this area with limited availability of air pollution ground monitoring data.
ISSN/ISBN 0269-7491
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.119883
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000858937500007
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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