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The Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary centre for the study of air quality, with a focus on how aerosols impact human health and the environment. SOCAAR brings together medical personnel, atmospheric chemists and environmental engineers, and promotes collaborative research through access to state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with government and industry.

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SOCAAR is also affiliated with The Canadian Aerosol Research Network (CARN), a new initiative formally uniting the collective expertise of leading Canadian aerosol researchers from the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia.

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Dr. Matthew Adams, Assistant Professor at UTM's Department of Geography, will speak about "Particulate Matter Air Pollution in Charlotte NC: A Land Use Regression Model based on Citizen Science Monitoring" at the SOCAAR Seminar on Dec. 5th at 3pm in WB407. Or follow online

U of T Engineering researchers to study the effect of the King Street transit pilot project on air and noise pollution, public health and commuter decision-making.

AllerGen's annual report features Drs Evans and Brook for developing AirSENCE (Air SENsor for Chemicals in the Environment), a novel technology for monitoring air quality.    

U of T Engineering Students Peter Murphy & Cuilian Fang are photographed in The Toronto Star as they test the air quality at Sugar Beach in Toronto.
Prof. Arthur Chan and his team will be travelling to Fort McMurray, Alta. to study dust left in homes from the forest fire that ravaged the city last year.
SOCAAR's MAPLE truck is helping researchers find out how and when people are exposed to air pollution. Research2Reality interviews Prof. Greg Evans about how their research can help guide policy and public behaviour.

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Read about our latest research activities on aerosol-climate effects 



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