About Veronica Southerland

Veronica Southerland

Scientist, Global Clean Air


Areas of expertise:

Air quality, environmental health, chemical policy


Veronica’s work focuses on the use of high-resolution satellite-derived exposure data to estimate the health impacts of air pollution in cities.


Veronica received her MPH and PhD in Environmental Health from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public health. Prior to joining EDF, she contributed to proposed regulations to prevent the release of hazardous substance under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. Veronica has also worked on environmental and chemical policy at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense.


  • Southerland VA, Brauer M, Mohegh A, Apte J, Hammer M, Martin RV, van Donkelaar A, Anenberg SC. Global urban temporal trends in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and attributable health burdens: estimates from global datasets. Lancet Planetary Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00350-8
  • Apte J, Seraj S, Chambliss S, Hammer MS, Southerland, VA, Anenberg SC, et al. (2021). Air Inequality: Global Divergence in Urban Fine Particulate Matter Trends. ChemRxiv. Preprint. https://doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv.14671908.v1
  • Castillo MD, Kinney PL, Southerland V, Arno CA, Crawford K, van Donkelaar A, Hammer M, Martin RV, Anenberg SC. Estimating Intra-Urban Inequities in PM2.5-Attributable Health Impacts: A Case Study for Washington, DC. Geohealth. 2021 Nov 1;5(11):e2021GH000431. doi: 10.1029/2021GH000431.
  • Southerland VA, Anenberg SC, Harris M, Apte J, Hystad P, van Donkelaar A, et al. (2021). Assessing the Distribution of Air Pollution Health Risks within Cities: A Neighborhood-Scale Analysis Leveraging High-Resolution Data Sets in the Bay Area, California. Environ Health Perspect. 129(3), 037006.
  • Anenberg SC, Henze DK, Tinney (Southerland) V, Kinney PL, Raich W, Fann N, et al. Estimates of the Global Burden of Ambient PM2.5, Ozone, and NO2 on Asthma Incidence and Emergency Room Visits. Environ Health Perspect. 2018;126(10):107004-1-14.
  • Tinney (Southerland) V, Denton J, Tyler L, Paulson J. School siting near industrial chemical facilities: Findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s investigation of the West Fertilizer explosion. Environ Health Perspect. 2016;124(10):1493-1496.
  • Tinney (Southerland) VA, Anenberg SC, Kaszniak M, Robinson B. Eighteen years of recommendations to prevent industrial chemical incidents: results and lessons learned of the US Chemical Safety Board. Public Health. 2016 Oct;139:183-188. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.04.011. Epub 2016 May 17.