Ambient ultrafine particles (UFP) may impose a substantial risk to human health. However, epidemiological evidence for health effects of UFP in humans is still relatively scarce. Recent studies have shown that UFP concentrations in ambient air are strongly elevated in the vicinity of large airports. The Berlin-Brandenburg Air Study (BEAR Study) aims to conduct and analyse measurements of air quality in Berlin and Brandenburg before and after the relocation of aircraft traffic from the inner-city airport Tegel (TXL) to the new airport BER and to investigate the association of aircraft-related UFP with health outcomes in schoolchildren. The BEAR consortium partners with the Ultrafleb consortium, which conducts a comprehensive measurement campaign and models source-specific UFP in the study region.
- To investigate concentration changes in size-fractioned and source-specific UFP and other air pollutants (PM10, PM2.5, BC, NO2, NOx, O3) before and after the relocation of air traffic from Tegel airport to the new airport BER by conducting a measurement campaign, contrasting downwind areas and control areas.
- To measure daily air pollution exposure at schools in Berlin and Brandenburg
- To investigate short- and long-term health effects of UFP and aircraft-related UFP pollution in school children of Berlin and Brandenburg by analysing repeated measurements of health outcomes (respiratory and cardiovascular health, neurocognitive function, quality of life)
Population-based cohort study with repeated measurements
800 schoolchildren of Berlin and Brandenburg at the age of 6-12 years will be examined up to 4 times within 3 years
City of Berlin and Brandenburg; areas around Tegel airport and the new airport BER
Ongoing field work
- Prof. Petra Gastmeier, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
- Dr. med. Miriam Wiese-Posselt, MPH, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
- Dr. Josef Cyrys, Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Germany
Project Team Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf
- Prof. Dr. Barbara Hoffmann
- Dr. Vanessa Soppa
- Dr. Katherine Ogurstova
- Dr. Sarah Lucht
- Anna Buschka
- Ultrafleb Konsortium
- TU Berlin, Institute of Environmental Technology, Prof. Andreas Held
- German Research Foundation (DFG) (2020-2023)
- Federal Environment Agency (Unmweltbundsamt UBA) (2020)
- Municipalities of Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Eichwalde, Schönefeld and Schulzendorf (2020-2023)
Moreover, the BEAR study is supported by the Senate of Berlin, the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection of the State of Brandenburg, State Office for Environment Brandenburg and the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg.
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