Faculty Advisor

Foo, Katherine

Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Center

HANGZ / Hangzhou China

Abstract

Urban green spaces are often claimed to mitigate environmental health issues associated with urban development, although empirical evidence is lacking. This Interactive Qualifying Project analyzed the efficacy of parks in reducing pollution concentrations and increasing the well- being of Hangzhou’s residents. By measuring particulate matter and canopy coverage, surveying park-goers, and conducting ArcGIS spatial analysis, we conclude that parks are effective at improving quality of life but are not effective at reducing air pollution, demonstrating that other variables mediate pollution concentrations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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