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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. Rob Healy from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will talk about Sources of Fossil Fuel and Biomass Burning Black Carbon in Ontario at the next SOCAAR Seminar on Nov. 30 at 2:30pm in WB407
Check out these undergraduate & graduate courses related to air quality, climate and health offered by SOCAAR collaborators and affilates.  
Meet Kerolyn Shairsingh and Joseph Okeme, two U of T PhD candidates on exchange at Utrecht University as part of a research collaboration between U of T, UU and CUHK. 

MIT PhD candidate Amanda Giang spoke about the regional implications of global mercury policy at the SOCAAR Seminar on Nov 2.

Chinese Academy of Sciences' Dr. Fumo Yang talked about the magnitude and spatial patterns of PM2.5 found in several megacities across China at the SOCAAR Seminar on Oct 31 

Dr. Michelle North and fellow SOCAAR Collaborators’ Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort exposome poster won 1st place in asthma/rhinitis category at the 2016 CSAC.

SOCAAR collaborator Prof. Jeffrey Brook and his research team receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) to study traffic congestion and other urban environmental issues.

Visit Research2Reality to learn more about how Canadian researchers are working to preserve the supply and quality of our water resources.
Prof. Greg Evans speaks to Research2Reality about the need for collaborations with government agencies to establish public policies and create change in air pollution.
How does the fuel-efficient gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine compare to the traditional port fuel injection engine? Learn about the climate trade-off of the GDI engine.
SOCAAR joins a five-year collaborative research project on global public health with Utrecht University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Read about our latest research activities on aerosol-climate effects 




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