Use of GIS in the assessment of air pollution in Cusco, Peru
Pearce, John Lanier
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Cusco, Peru is a city of 323,644 full time residents and an average annual tourist 2population of 800,000. Located at 71° 58’28”W and 13°31’23”S and covering 617 km the city resides in a central valley high in the Andes Mountains averaging over 11,000 ft in elevation. Ambient air quality had never been assessed in Cusco. There were three objectives for this research: first, investigate ambient, regional, and street-level air pollutant concentrations in Cusco, second, characterize the spatiotemporal relationships between particle concentrations and human and physical geographical factors, and third, model particulate concentrations in a specific region of Cusco for select time periods during the day. The study took place from July thst10 - July 21, 2005.