Dr Azliyana Azhari



Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication
School of Arts and Social Sciences

Azliyana.Azhari@monash.edu
+603 5514 6000
Room 2-6-20

Orchid ID No.0000-0003-1693-1005

Dr. Azliyana Azhari is a Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication at the MCCCRH Malaysia Node, led by the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) at Monash University Malaysia in collaboration with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub (MCCCRH). She received her Ph.D. in Environment and Development from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2018. Previously, her work with the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund project involved working on developing a multi-hazard platform for atmospheric and physical hazards for KL City Hall. Prior to joining MUM she was a postdoctoral researcher in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia focusing on translating the science of the environment into management and aiding people and policy.

Her research interests include climate-related atmospheric hazards, air dispersion modeling and emission management for sustainable management and policy. Her recent publications in Sustainability (https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105402) and Atmospheric Pollution Research (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apr.2020.10.004) focused on how emission management and road traffic management system can reduce air pollution and provide city planners with a better option for sustainable road traffic management to establish a better environment for the urban population.

In MUM, she is conducting a 3-year research focused on communicating the impact of Climate Change and the importance of Climate Action in building a climate-resilient community.

Qualifications

PhD (Environment and Development), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2018

MSc. (Technology Management), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 2012

BSc. (Environmental Science and Management), University of Malaya, 2009

Research Interests

Azliyana’s research interests include climate-related atmospheric hazards, air dispersion modelling and emission management for sustainable management and policy. She focused on how emission management and road traffic management system can reduce air pollution and provide city planners with a better option for sustainable road traffic management to establish a better environment for the urban population. Her strength is in integrating analytical research and translating science into environmental management purposes.

Research Projects 

“Air Quality Modelling and Sustainable Urban Traffic Management Strategies for Kuala Lumpur” Geran Modal Insan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2020-2021

This study predicts concentration and dispersion patterns of primary pollutants in the Kuala Lumpur city centre. The forecast was carried out under different traffic scenarios to see the impact of traffic reduction for sustainable city management. This research demonstrates that traffic emission in urban areas originates from vehicle emission and reduction of traffic volume in the city contributes to reducing the concentration of particulate matter pollution and an effective road traffic management is important to ensure urban livability to establish a strategy to reduce pollution and improve road traffic to help reduce air pollution and promote a healthy atmosphere for the urban dwellers.

“Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur” Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, 2017-2019

Azliyana was involved in the project as a Graduate Research Assistant. She took responsibility for developing the emission inventory of Kuala Lumpur for the Atmospheric Hazards theme of the project. The emission inventory was utilized in forecasting air quality concentrations of major air pollution in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Multi-Hazard Platform developed for atmospheric and physical hazards for KL City Hall. Through the project, she developed good relations with government and non-government agencies to collect and analyse the data required for the project, helped in the field studies where we deployed air quality and temperature-humidity sensors around Kuala Lumpur

“Air Pollution from Vehicular Emission on a Busy Highway within an Industrial Area” Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2013-2018 

This study aims to understand the relationship of the composition of major air pollutants and the road traffic volume in an industrial environment and to suggest a strategy to reduce air pollution from traffic flow within the industrial area. The OML- Highway model results and its visualization were utilized as vital information for establishing road traffic sustainability indices for road traffic emission management.

Journal articles

  • Azhari, A., Halim, N.D.A. Mohtar, A.A.A., Aiyub, K., Latif, M.T, Ketzel, M. (2021) Evaluation and prediction of PM10 and PM2.5 from road source emissions in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Sustainability, 13, 5402
  • Azhari A., Halim, N. D. A., Othman, M, Sofwan, N. M., et al. (2021) Highly spatially resolved emission inventory of selected air pollutants in Kuala Lumpur's urban environment, Atmospheric Pollution Research, 12(2) 12-22
  • Halim, N. D. A., Latif, M. T., Mohamed, A. F., Abdul Maulud, K. N., Idrus,S., Azhari, A., et al. (2020) Spatial Assessment of Land Use Impact on Air Quality in Mega Urban Regions, Malaysia, Sustainable Cities and Society, 102436
  • Azhari, A., Latif, M. T., Mohamed, A.F. (2018). Road traffic as an air pollutant contributor within an industrial park environment. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 9 (4): 680 - 687
  • Azhari, A., Abu Bakar, N. F., Hadi, A. S.,et al. (2016). Moving towards embracing sustainability: learning from doing in the extended mega urban region Kuala Lumpur. International Journal of Malay World and Civilisation (IMAN), 4, Special Issue (2): 73 - 80

Research Grants

Azhari, A., Aiyub, K. 2020: Air Quality Modelling and Sustainable Urban Traffic Management Strategies for Kuala Lumpur, Geran Modal Insan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, RM79k

Azhari, A., Ketzel, M. 2015: Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST Visiting Grant, Aarhus University, DKK31k

Areas of Research & Supervision

Areas of research and supervision include climate related emission management, climate resilience and sustainable cities management. She is particularly interested in multidisciplinary research involving translating science to management and policy purposes

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