Portraying Emissions At A Local Or Regional Scale Using Gps Technologies: An Urban Planning Opportunity
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DepartmentCity and Regional Planning
ProgramMaster of City and Regional Planning
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SubjectsGeographic information systems
Global Positioning System
Air pollution from vehicular travel is a growing concern - specifically from road freight transport travel. This study explores the use of GPS technologies to monitor randomly selected light- and heavy-duty truck emissions through a pre-defined region in Central Maryland. The research uses data collected from the GPS device to calculate instantaneous acceleration rates and instantaneous air pollutant - specifically Hydrocarbons (HC) - emission rates. Then, using GIS mapping techniques combined with Java©-based programming code, the research displays each of the instantaneous data points calculated with its corresponding latitude-longitude coordinates. The comparison between these output maps and land use maps displays how freight transport related air pollution affects different land use designations on a local or regional scale. The results, in the form of maps, provide a new tool that shows a wealth of information regarding greater understanding of freight transport travel, and the levels of air pollution in and around a locale/region.