GLORIA - Global health risks related to atmospheric composition and weather


Academy of Finland:
Global health risks related to atmospheric composition and weather (GLORIA)

Consortium grant, Director, PI Jouni J. K. Jaakkola

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Academy of Finland - Academy Project

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University of Oulu

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  • Professor
    Jouni J. K. Jaakkola

Project description

Project name:

Global health risks related to atmospheric composition and weather (GLORIA)

Principal investigator at CERH:

Jouni Jaakkola (Center for Environmental and Respiratory Research, CERH, University of Oulu)

Co-principal Investigator:

Jaakko Kukkonen (Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI, Helsinki)

Other investigators at CERH:

Research professor Maritta Jaakkola
Adjunct professor Timo Hugg
Postdoctoral researcher Niilo Ryti
Research assistant Simo-Pekka Kiihamäki


Air pollution is globally the world’s largest single environmental health risk, and a substantial part of the population also suffers from allergic diseases caused by pollen. We will assess the relations between atmospheric composition (air quality and allergenic pollen), weather, and mortality and morbidity. The assessments will be done both on global and urban scales. We will use a previously produced long-term, global dataset with pollutant concentrations for 35 years. The project also uses an extensive health-related study of approximately 100 cities in 14 countries.

A focal point of the study is the impacts associated with the atmospheric emissions originated from shipping. We will conduct a global assessment of the effects of exposure to ship emissions on mortality, globally and in the selected major 14 coastal target cities. We will also analyse scenarios for the future, assuming new emission control areas. The information will be important also for political decision-making.


Funding period is 01.09.2017 - 31.12.2022.


CERH / Academy of Finland Research program, grant no. 310372

Project results


  1. Lehtomäki H, Korhonen A, Asikainen A, Karvosenoja N, Kupiainen K, Paunu VV, Savolahti M, Sofiev M, Palamarchuck Y, Karppinen A, Kukkonen J, Hänninen O. Health Impacts of Ambient Air Pollution in Finland. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Apr 12;15(4). doi: 10.3390/ijerph15040736. IF 2.468 (Q2)
  2. Kukkonen J, Kangas L, Kauhaniemi M, Sofiev M, Aarnio M, Jaakkola JJK, Kousa A, Karppinen A. Modelling of the urban concentrations of PM2.5 on a high resolution for a period of 35 years, for the assessment of lifetime exposure and health effects. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2018;18(11):8041-8064. 5.668 (Q1).
  3. Korhonen A, Lehtomäki H, Rumrich I, Karvosenoja N, Paunu VV, Kupiainen K, Sofiev M, Palamarchuk Y, Kukkonen J, Kangas L, Karppinen A, Hänninen O. Influence of spatial resolution on population PM2.5 exposure and health impacts. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. 2019;12(6):705-718. 2.297 (Q2)
  4. Siddika N, Rantala AK, Antikainen H, Balogun H, Amegah AK, Ryti NRI, Kukkonen J, Sofiev M, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJKSynergistic effects of prenatal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) on the risk of preterm birth: A population-based cohort study. Environ Res. 2019 Jun 19;176:108549. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108549. [Epub ahead of print] IF 2018 5.026 (Q1)
  5. Savolahti M, Lehtomäki H, Karvosenoja N, Paunu VV, Korhonen A, Kukkonen J, Kupiainen K, Kangas L, Karppinen A, Hänninen O. Residential Wood Combustion in Finland: PM2.5 Emissions and Health Impacts with and without Abatement Measures. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 14;16(16). doi: 10.3390/ijerph16162920. IF 2018 2.468 (Q2)
  6. Lee JY, Kim H, Gasparrini A, Armstrong B, Bell ML, Sera F, Lavigne E, Abrutzky R, Tong S, Coelho MSZS, Saldiva PHN, Correa PM, Ortega NV, Kan H, Garcia SO, Kyselý J, Urban A, Orru H, Indermitte E, Jaakkola JJK, Ryti NRI, Pascal M, Goodman PG, Zeka A, Michelozzi P, Scortichini M, Hashizume M, Honda Y, Hurtado M, Cruz J, Seposo X, Nunes B, Teixeira JP, Tobias A, Íñiguez C, Forsberg B, Åström C, Vicedo-Cabrera AM, Ragettli MS, Guo YL, Chen BY, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J, Dang TN, Do Van D, Mayvaneh F, Overcenco A, Li S, Guo Y. Predicted temperature-increase-induced global health burden and its regional variability. Environ Int. 2019 Jul 24;131:105027. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105027. [Epub ahead of print] IF 2018 7.943 (Q1)
  7. Liu C, Chen R, Sera F, Vicedo-Cabrera A, Guo Y, Tong S, de Sousa Zanotti Stagliorio Coelho M, Hilario P Saldiva N, Lavigne E, Matus Correa P, Valdes Ortega N, Osorio Garcia S, Pascal M, Stafoggia M, Scortichini M, Hashizume M, Honda Y, Hurtado M, Cruz J, Nunes B, Teixeira JP, Kim H, Tobias A, Íñiguez C, Forsberg B, Åström C, Ragettli MS, Guo YLL, Chen BY, Bell ML, Wright CY, Scovronick N, Garland R, Milojevic A, Kyselý J, Urban A, OrruAaron H, Indermitte E, Jaakkola JJK, Ryti NRI, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J, Cohen A, Gasparrini A, Kan H. Ambient Particulate Air Pollution and Daily Mortality in 652 Cities. N Engl J Med. 2019 Aug 22;381(8):705-715. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1817364. IF 2018 70.670 (Q1)
  8. Stojiljkovic A, Kauhaniemi M, Kukkonen J, Kupiainen K, Karppinen A, Rolstad Denby B, Kousa A, Niemi JV, Ketzel M. The impact of measures to reduce road dust, evaluated for a street canyon in Helsinki. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. 2019, In print 2018 5.668 (Q1).

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