Eigenvector spatial filtering regression modeling of ground PM 2.5 concentrations using remotely sensed data

Jingyi Zhang, Bin Li, Yumin Chen, Meijie Chen, Tao Fang, Yongfeng Liu

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This paper proposes a regression model using the Eigenvector Spatial Filtering (ESF) method to estimate ground PM 2.5 concentrations. Covariates are derived from remotely sensed data including aerosol optical depth, normal differential vegetation index, surface temperature, air pressure, relative humidity, height of planetary boundary layer and digital elevation model. In addition, cultural variables such as factory densities and road densities are also used in the model. With the Yangtze River Delta region as the study area, we constructed ESF-based Regression (ESFR) models at different time scales, using data for the period between December 2015 and November 2016. We found that the ESFR models effectively filtered spatial autocorrelation in the OLS residuals and resulted in increases in the goodness-of-fit metrics as well as reductions in residual standard errors and cross-validation errors, compared to the classic OLS models. The annual ESFR model explained 70% of the variability in PM 2.5 concentrations, 16.7% more than the non-spatial OLS model. With the ESFR models, we performed detail analyses on the spatial and temporal distributions of PM 2.5 concentrations in the study area. The model predictions are lower than ground observations but match the general trend. The experiment shows that ESFR provides a promising approach to PM 2.5 analysis and prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1228
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 11 2018


  • Eigenvector spatial filtering method
  • Fine particulate matter (PM )
  • Regression model
  • Spatial effect


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