A Study of Ambient Air Contaminants and Asthma in New York City (6484)

Principal Investigator(s):

Daniel Luttinger


map of Bronx New York, New YorkEpidemiological studies show a correlation between increased concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in ambient air and adverse health effects, including exacerbated asthma episodes. However, data on the relationship between ambient concentrations of PM2.5 constituents, other ambient air pollutants, and human health are limited.

To address this need, this project aims to evaluate temporal associations between an array of air contaminants and acute asthma exacerbation among residents of two communities in New York City. These communities differ in both rates of hospital admissions for asthma and socioeconomic characteristics: the South Bronx and lower Manhattan. Using air contaminant data, hospital data, and statistical analyses, the project's goals are to:

Project Update [PDF]

Project Site(s):

Manhattan, South Bronx

Latitude/Longitude [PDF]

Region(s): Metropolitan NY

County(ies): New York, Bronx


Sampled Medium(Media): Air

Analyte(s): sulfur dioxide, sulfates, ozone, nitrogen oxides, aldehydes, nitrous acid, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, ammonium, metals, elemental carbon, organic carbon, hydrogen ion, pollen, mold spores, PM2.5, PM10, chromium, nickel, manganese, iron, particle number

Sampling Frequency: daily measurements


Total Costs: $1,589,239

NYSERDA Costs: $184,966

Funding Source(s): NYSERDA, Health Research Inc., ATSDR, NYSDOH

Contract Initiated: March, 2001

Estimated Completion Date: June, 2005


Related EMEP Projects: Philip Hopke 6820 and 7607, Mark Utell 4913


Daniel Luttinger
NYS Department of Health
Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment
Flanigan Square
547 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
PH: (518) 402-7820
Fax: (518) 402-7819
Email: dal02@health.state.ny.us