Department Chair

Alexander Karatayev, Ph.D., Director of the Great Lakes Center

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science


Great Lakes Center


Tao Tang, Ph.D., Professor of Geography

First Reader

Tao Tang, Ph.D., Professor of Geography

Second Reader

Stephen Vermette, Ph.D., Professor of Geography

Third Reader

Catherine Lange, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Earth Science and Science Education


Air particulate pollution contributes the major air pollution in Beijing, China. In this research, concentrations of air particulate pollutants were measured at a total of twenty-three field locations in the urban districts of Beijing applying a laser particle counter in June and December 2015. Geographic Information System (GIS) was utilized to study the two and three-dimensional spatial distributions of air particulate pollution (PM0.5, PM1.0, PM2.5, PM5.0, PM10). Geostatistical or spatial statistical models were applied to interpolate the spatial distributions of air particulate pollution and real property values in the study area. Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) was applied to analyze the spatial relationships of air particulate pollution and distribution of real property values. The three-dimensional analysis was conducted to illustrate vertical spatial distributions of air particulate pollution for each of the twenty-three field survey profiles in ArcGIS. Temporal distributions of air particulate pollution within 10 hours daytime at two field survey locations were analyzed. The results show that the concentrations of different sizes of air particulate pollutants in urban areas of Beijing distribute differently with different spatial patterns. The spatial distributions of real property values indicate that the highest value occurred in the northwestern and the central parts of Beijing both in the June and December 2015. There is no significant relationship of real property values and the intensity of air particulate pollution. Therefore, we suggest that the spatial distribution factors of air particulate pollution in Beijing is not a major factor for people to purchase real properties as homes.