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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Their Global Atmospheric Emissions, Transport, and Lung Cancer Risk


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Huizhong Shen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Huizhong Shen
    Pages 7-21
  4. Huizhong Shen
    Pages 23-84
  5. Huizhong Shen
    Pages 155-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-177

About this book


This thesis presents a comprehensive analysis of the global health impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in ambient air, conducted on the basis of a high-resolution emission inventory, global chemical transport modeling, and probabilistic risk assessment. One of the main strengths of the thesis is the concentration downscaling process, which provides a linkage between emissions and exposure concentrations at a comparatively high resolution. Moreover, by focusing on individual susceptibility, the thesis proposes an instrumental revision of current risk assessment methodology and argues that, if individual susceptibility were not taken into consideration, the overall risk would be underestimated by 55% and the proportion of highly vulnerable populations would be underestimated by more than 90%.


Emission Inventory Global Chemical Transport Modelling Inhalation Exposure Lung Cancer Risk Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Urban and Environmental Sci.Peking UniversityBeijingChina

About the authors

Best Student Presentation Award, International Symposium on Environment & Health, 2014
Tiehan Scholarship, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, 2014
Merit student, Peking University, 2013.
Unilever-CAS Research Award, for outstanding research in risk assessment of chemicals, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012.
Wusi Scholarship, for scientific research, Peking University, 2010.
Junzheng Scholar, for scientific study as an undergraduate student by Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Tsung-Dao Lee, 2008.
(As the first author)
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