Matthew Adams, Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U o f T Mississauga

McMaster University

Other Degrees:
MES Lakehead University
HBESc. Lakehead University

Contact Information:

Phone: +1 (905) 569-4761
Office (UTM): William Davis Building, Room 3261

Research Interests:

  • Geographic information systems/science
  • Exposure science
  • Urban pollution

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR272 Digital Mapping and Principals of Cartography
GGR321 Geographic Information Processing
GGR376 Quantitative Methods II in Geography


Call For Students:

Dr. Adams is accepting motivated MSc and PhD students with interests in urban pollution and exposure. Students have the opportunity to include field work, analytical laboratory work, and computation in their research.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

2017       Adams, M.D., Requia, W.J. How private vehicle use increases ambient air pollution concentrations at schools during the morning drop-off of children. Atmospheric Environment. 165, 264–273. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.06.046

2017       Requia, W.J., Adams, M.D., Arain, A., Koutrakis, P., Ferguson, M. Carbon dioxide emissions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles: A life-cycle analysis in eight Canadians cities. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 78, 1390–1396. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.105

2017       Requia, W.J., Adams, M.D. Arain, A., Koutrakis, P., Lee, W.C., Ferguson, M., Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Particulate Matter Intake Fractions for Vehicular Emissions: Hourly Variation by Micro-Environments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 599/600, 1813–1822. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.134

2017       Requia, W.J., Dalumpines, R., Adams, M.D., Arain, A., Ferguson, M., Koutrakis, P. Modeling spatial patterns of link-based PM2.5 emissions and subsequent human exposure in a large Canadian metropolitan area.  Atmospheric Environment.

2017       Requia, W.J., Roig, H.L., Koutrakis, P., Adams, M.D.  Modeling spatial patterns of traffic emissions across 5,570 municipal districts in Brazil. Journal of Cleaner Production 148, 845–853. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.010.

2017       Requia, W.J., Adams, M.D., Koutrakis, P. Association of PM2.5 with diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure incidence in Canada: A spatiotemporal analysis of the impacts of the energy generation and fuel sales. Science of the Total Environment 584, 1077-1083. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.01.166

2016       Requia, W.J., Koutrakis, P., Roig, H.L., Adams, M.D. Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Traffic Emissions in Over Five Thousand Municipal Districts in Brazil. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 66(12), 1284-1293. DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2016.1221367

2016       Requia, W.J., Roig, H.L., Adams, M.D., Zanobetti, A., Koutrakis, P. Mapping distance-decay of cardiorespiratory disease risk related to neighborhood environments. Environmental Research 151:203-215. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2016.07.038

2016       Adams, M.D., Yiannakoulias, N., Kanaroglou, P.S. Air pollution exposure: An activity pattern approach for active transportation. Atmospheric Environment 140:52-59. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.05.055

2016       Requia, W.J., Koutrakis, P., Roig, H.L., Adams, M.D., Santos, C.M. Association between vehicular emissions and cardiorespiratory disease risk in Brazil and its variation by spatial clustering of socio-economic factors. Environmental Research 150:452–460. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.027

2016       Adams, M.D., Kanaroglou, P.S. Mapping real-time air pollution health risk for environmental management: Combining mobile and stationary air pollution monitoring with neural network models. Journal of Environmental Management. 168:133-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.12.012

2016       Adams, M.D., and Kanaroglou, P.S. A Criticality Index for Air Pollution Monitors. Atmospheric Pollution Research. 7:482-487. doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2015.11.004

2015 Adams, M.D., Coulibaly, P., and Kanaroglou, P.S. Spatially constrained clustering of ecological units to facilitate the design of integrated water monitoring networks in the St. Lawrence basin. International Journal of GIS. 30(2), 390-404, doi:10.1080/13658816.2015.1089442

2013       Kanaroglou, P.S., Adams, M.D., De Luca, P.F., Corr, D., and Sohel, N. Estimation of Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution Concentrations with a Spatial Autoregressive Model. Atmospheric Environment 79: 421-427. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.07.014

2012       Adams, M.D., DeLuca, P., Corr, D., and Kanaroglou, P. Mobile Air Monitoring: Measuring Change in Air Quality in the City of Hamilton, 2005-2010. Social Indicators Research 108(2): 351-364. doi: 10.1007/s11205-012-0061-5

2012       Adams, M.D., and Gottardo, C. Measuring lichen specimen characteristics for trace element biomonitoring to reduce relative local uncertainties. Atmospheric Pollution Research 3 (3): 325-330. doi: 10.5094/APR.2012.036

2012       Adams, M.D. and Zaniewski, K. Effects of recreational rock climbing and environmental variation on a sandstone cliff-face lichen community. Botany 90 (4):253-259. doi:10.1139/B11-109

Refereed Book Chapters

2015 Adams, M.D. and Kanaroglou, P.S. A Method for Reducing Classical Error in Long-Term Average Air Pollution Concentrations from incomplete Time-Series Data. In, Editors: Kanaroglou, P.S., Delmelle, E., and Paez, A. Edited Volume: Spatial Analysis in Health Geography, Ashgate Publishing.