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Indicator 11.6.2 Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted)

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Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Annual mean (ug/m3)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Annual mean (ug/m3)

Definitions

The mean annual concentration of fine suspended particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameters (PM2.5) is a common measure of air pollution. The mean is a population-weighted average for urban population in a country, and is expressed in micrograms per cubic meter [μg/m3 ]. Air pollution consists of many pollutants, among other particulate matter. These particles are able to penetrate deeply into the respiratory tract and therefore constitute a risk for health by increasing mortality from respiratory infections and diseases, lung cancer, and selected cardiovascular diseases. Urban/rural data - while the data quality available for urban/rural population is generally good for high income countries, it can be relatively poor for some low- and middle income areas. Furthermore, the definition of urban/rural may greatly vary by country.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

The annual urban mean concentration of PM2.5 is estimated with improved modelling using data integration from satellite remote sensing, population estimates, topography and ground measurements (WHO, 2016a; Shaddick et al, 2016).

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted)

Target name

By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organization (WHO)

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Source 1

Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Periodicity

Discontinuous

Earliest available data

2008

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

15/05/2014

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Non-Official

Contact details

WHO Regional Office for Europe

Other information

Values >2013 not available - see Data Source 2

Source 2

Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Periodicity

Discontinuous

Earliest available data

2013

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source WHO Global Ambient Air Quality Database (update 2018) opens in a new window
Release date

01/05/2018

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Non-Official

Contact details

http://www.who.int/about/contacthq/en/

Other information

Ambient (outdoor) air quality database, by country and city