Synoptic weather modeling and estimates of the exposure-response relationship between daily mortality and particulate air pollution

Environ Health Perspect. 1996 Apr;104(4):414-20. doi: 10.1289/ehp.96104414.


This study estimated the association between particulate air pollution and daily mortality in Utah Valley using the synoptic climatological approach to control for potential weather effects. This approach was compared with alternative weather modeling approaches. Although seasonality explained a significant amount of variability in mortality, other weather variables explained only a very small amount of additional variability in mortality. The synoptic climatological approach performed as well or slightly better than alternative approaches to controlling for weather. However, the estimated effect of particulate pollution on mortality was mostly unchanged or slightly larger when synoptic categories were used to control for weather. Furthermore, the shape of the estimated dose-response relationship was similar when alternative approaches to controlling for weather were used. The associations between particulate pollution and daily mortality were not significantly different from a linear exposure-response relationship that extends throughout the full observed range of pollution.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollution / statistics & numerical data
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Mortality*
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / mortality
  • Utah / epidemiology
  • Weather*