David Broday

, Assoc. Prof.
Associate Professor
  • Air pollution – dispersion of pollutants, source apportionment, spatiotemporal variability of pollutant concentrations
  • Physics of the atmosphere – remote sensing, aerosols
  • Emerging environmental technologies – wireless distributed air quality sensor networks, atmospheric moisture harvesting
  • Estimating public/ individual exposure to air pollution (modeling)

Professional  Activities

2021- Editorial board, Atmosphere

2016- Editorial board, Environmental Pollution and Climate Change

2013-2019   Editorial board, Frontiers in Environmental Science (Environmental Informatics)

2012-2013   Editorial board, ISRN Atmospheric Sciences

2011- Director, Technion Center of Excellence in Exposure Science and Environmental Health (TCEEH)

2011-2013   Chair, Particle-Lung Interactions Working Group, European Aerosol Assembly

2009-2011   Vice-Chair, Lung-Particle Interactions Working Group, European Aerosol Assembly

2009- Editorial board, Ecology and Environment (Hebrew)

2007-2008   Secretary, European Aerosol Assembly (EAA)

2005- Member, Board of the Israeli Association for Aerosol Research


Graduate Students

PhD students

1)        A. Cohen, 2012, Development of a GIS-based decision supporting management tool for agricultural spraying for pest control

2)        Y. Etzion, 2012, Remote sensing of pollutants in the near ground atmosphere by hyperspectral imaging

3)        M. Sorek Hammer, 2015, Integration of satellite observations and ground monitoring data and its application for assessing exposure to PM in Israel

4)        D. Tratakovsky, 2017, Development of methodology for risk assessment as a result of large-scale area development and open pit phosphate mining

5)        S. Chen, 2019, Development and application of advanced methods for nationwide high-resolution air quality optimization-model

6)        G. Cohen, 2021, Prognostic importance of long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions: comparison of different exposure metrics (Co-supervisor)

7)        S. Falah, Daily PM2.5 estimation by fusion of multiple earth observation satellite products

8)        I. Balachsan, Large-scale spatiotemporal characterization and modelling of factor-specific PM2.5 concentrations


MSc students

1)        M. Hadari, 2005, A 3D model for the light regime in an avocado orchard

2)        A. Gilelach, 2006, Characterization of plant cell wall as filtration and sorption media for toxic gases and fine aerosols

3)        N. Hirshel, 2006, The effects of vegetation on air quality parameters in urban setting

4)        O. Eitan, 2006, Testing for associations between cancer morbidity and exposure to PM10 and SO2 in the Haifa Bay area

5)        Y. Alkalai, 2008, Qualitative and quantitative characterization of airborne pollutants in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Israel

6)        N. Lati, 2009, The spatial variation of organic carbon and its soluble fraction in particulate matter in Haifa area

7)        A. Zalel, 2011, Modeling PAH concentrations in the Czech Republic

8)        M. Haim, 2011, Characterization of the temporal and spatial variability of air quality parameters in the Hadera region and their effect on local residents’ health

9)        M. Landau, 2012, The effects of transportation policy on urban air pollution

10)      J. Sheshnek, 2013, Utilization of distributed wireless sensor network for assessing exposure to air pollutants

11)      G. Noy, 2014, Development of a quantitative model for environmental impact assessment of a desalination plat: Shavei Zion case study

12)      M. Inibtawi, 2016, Car dust-bound concentrations of poly-brominated flame retardants and poly-aromatic compounds in Israel

13)      S. Nusbaum, 2016, Improved estimations of the energy balance and the heat storage change in Lake Kinneret using the Penman-Brutsaer and the Kalman Filter algorithms

14)      B. Gido, 2016, Harvesting atmospheric moisture by a liquid desiccant system and solar energy

15)      G. Sapir, 2020, Air pollution reduction through the implementation of circular economy principles and integrated production of energy and fertilizers


Postdoctoral Students

1)        Y. Zudman, 2003-2005, Spatiotemporal analysis of air pollution data for assessing chronic exposure

2)        T. Freiman, 2004-2005, The role of vegetation on air quality in urban surroundings – sub-urban variability of air quality proxies

3)        R. Rosenzweig, 2009, Deposition of fractal-like soot aggregates in the human respiratory tract

4)        I. Levi, 2011-2013, Distributed wireless sensor network for assessing exposure to traffic-related air pollution

5)        Y. Etzion, 2012-2014, Retrieval of fine multi-modal aerosol concentrations from ground remote sensing data

6)        S. Molchanov, 2014, Interference of environmental variables and pollutant concentrations in air quality measurements by a distributed wireless sensor network

7)        R. Shafran-Nathan, 2014-2017, Static and dynamic models of daily commute in Israel

8)        F. Kizel, 2015, Interference of cross-sensitivity in air quality measurements by a distributed wireless sensor network

9)        M. Sorek Hammer, 2015-2016, Satellite based estimation of PM2.5 and PM10 across Israel

10)      O. Zivan, 2017-2018, Characterization, distribution and source apportionment of ambient ultrafine particles in Haifa Bay area

11)      S. Chen, 2019, Exposure to ambient volatile organic compounds in Haifa Bay Area


Competitive research grants

2002-2004   International Arid Lands Consortium, Optimizing Resource Management under Spatial Uncertainty

2002-2005   European Commission FP5, Integrated Exposure Management Tool for Characterizing Air Pollution Relevant Human Exposure in Urban Environment

2004-2007   BARD, Elimination of Emissions of Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide from Confined Animal and Feeding Operations (CAFO) Using an Adsorption/Liquid-Redox Process with Biological Regeneration

2005-2007   Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, Assessing Chronic Population Exposure at a Sub-Urban Scale and Its Possible Associations to Morbidity in The Haifa Bay Area

2007-2008   European Commission FP6, ENVIRISK – Assessing the risks of environmental stressors: contribution to development of integrating methodology

2008-2011   Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP), Air Pollution Acute Health Effects in Ashdod Population – A Quantitative Analysis

2009-2012   Environmental and Health Fund, Chronic Exposure to Air Pollution and Long-Term Outcomes after First Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Population-Based Cohort Study

2012-2014   The Niedersachsen-Israel Research Cooperation Program, Inference of Aerosol and Land Use Interactions from Remote Sensing Data (AerosolLand)

2012-2016   European Commission FP7, CITI-SENSE – Development of sensor-based Citizens’ Observatory Community for improving quality of life in cities

2015-2018   EURONANOMED II, The Airspace Dimension Test for Improved Diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – ADT-COPD

2015-2017   Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Estimation of Health Effects of Emissions from Quarries and Transportation

2016-2019   Ministry of Science & Technology, Improving Satellite Based PM2.5 and PM10 Estimation Across Israel

2017-2020   The joint ISF-UGC research grants program, Daily PM2.5 Estimation by Fusion of Multiple Earth-Observation Satellite Products

2019-2021   Ministry of Environmental Protection, Characterization, distribution and source apportionment of ambient ultrafine particles in Haifa Bay area


  1. Broday D.M. and Georgopoulos P.G. Growth and deposition of respirable hygroscopic particulate matter in the human lungs. Aerosol Science Technol., 34(1):144-159, 2001.
  2. Broday D.M. and Robinson R. Application of cloud dynamics to dosimetry of cigarette smoke particles in the lungs. Aerosol Sci. Technol., 37(6):510-527, 2003.
  3. Broday D.M. Deposition of ultrafine particles and gaseous pollutants at carinal ridges of the upper bronchial airways. Aerosol Sci. Technol., 38(10):991-1000, 2004.
  4. Yuval, Broday D.M., and Carmel Y. Mapping spatiotemporal variables: the impact of the time-averaging window width on the spatial resolution. Env., 39(20):3611-3619, 2005.
  5. Yuval and Broday D.M. High resolution spatial patterns of long–term mean air pollutants concentrations in Haifa Bay area. Env., 40(20):3653-3664, 2006.
  6. Freiman M.T., Hirshel N., and Broday D.M. Urban-scale variability of ambient particulate matter attributes. Env., 40(29):5670-5684, 2006.
  7. Broday D.M. and Agnon Y. Asymmetric human lung morphology induce particle deposition variation. Aerosol Sci., 38(7):701-718, 2007.
  8. Yuval, Dubowski Y. and Broday D.M. Allocation of routinely monitored mixing ratios of nitrogen oxides to their sources. Sci. Technol., 41(21):7215-7221, 2007.
  9. Yuval, Flicstein B., and Broday D.M. The impact of reduced traffic volumes on urban air pollution. Env., 42(3):428-440, 2008.
  10. Zalel A., Yuval, and Broday D.M. Revealing source signatures in ambient BTEX concentrations. Environmental Pollution, 156(2):553-562, 2008.
  11. Yuval and Broday D.M. Studying the time scale dependence of environmental variables predictability using fractal analysis. Environmental Science and Technology, 44(12):4629–4634,
  12. Eitan O., Yuval, Barchana M., Dubnov J., Linn S., Carmel Y., and Broday D.M. Spatial analysis of air pollution and cancer incidence rates in Haifa bay, Israel. Science of the Total Environment, 408:4429-4439, 2010.
  13. Broday D.M., and Rosenzweig R. Deposition of fractal-like soot aggregates in the human respiratory tract. Journal of Aerosol Science, 42:372-386, 2011.
  14. Yuval, Broday D.M., and Alpert P. Air quality prediction based on synoptic system forecasts. Environmental Pollution, 166:65-74, 2012.
  15. Sorek-Hamer M., Cohen A., Levy R.C, Ziv B., and Broday D.M. Classification of dust days over Israel using satellite remotely sensed aerosol products. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(8): 2672–2688, 2013.
  16. Tartakovsky, Broday D.M., and Stern E. Evaluation of AERMOD and CALPUFF for predicting ambient concentrations of total suspended particulate matter (TSP) emissions from a quarry in complex terrain. Environmental Pollution, 179:138-145, 2013.
  17. Yuval, Bekhor S., and Broday D.M. Data–driven nonlinear optimization of a simple air pollution dispersion model generating high resolution spatiotemporal exposure. Atmospheric Environment, 79:261-270, 2013.
  18. Sorek-Hamer M., Strawa A.W., Chatfield R.B., Esswein R., Cohen A., and Broday D.M. Improved retrieval of PM5 from satellite data products using non-linear methods. Environmental Pollution, 182:417-423, 2013.
  19. Moltchanov S., Levy, Etzion Y., Lerner U., Broday D.M., and Fishbain B. On the feasibility of measuring air pollution at dense urban areas by wireless distributed sensor networks. Science of the Total Environment, 502:537–547, 2015.
  20. Sorek-Hamer , Kloog I., Koutrakis P., Strawa A.W., Chatfield R., Cohen A., Ridgway W.L., and Broday D.M. Assessment of PM2.5 concentrations over bright surfaces using MODIS satellite observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 163:180-185, 2015.
  21. Tartakovsky D., Stern E., and Broday D.M. Evaluation of modeled wind field for dispersion modeling. Atmospheric Research, 166:150–156, 2015.
  22. Yuval, Sorek-Hamer M., Stupp A., Alpert P., and Broday D.M. Characteristics of East Mediterranean dust variability on small spatial and temporal scales. Atmospheric Environment, 120:51–60, 2015.
  23. Kloog I., Sorek-Hamer Lyapustin A., Coull B., Wang Y., Just A.C., Schwartz J., and Broday D.M. Estimating daily PM2.5 and PM10 across the complex geo-climate region of Israel using MAIAC satellite-based AOD data. Atmospheric Environment, 122:409-416, 2015.
  24. Tartakovsky D., Stern E., and Broday D.M. Dispersion of TSP and PM10 emissions from quarries in complex terrain. Science of the Total Environment, 542:946-954, 2016.
  25. Tartakovsky D., Stern E., and Broday D.M. Indirect estimation of emission factors for phosphate surface mining using air dispersion modeling. Science of the Total Environment, 556:179–188, 2016.
  26. Gido B., Friedler E., and Broday D.M. Assessment of atmospheric moisture harvesting by direct cooling. Atmospheric Research, 182:156-162, 2016.
  27. Gido B., Friedler E., and Broday D.M. Liquid-desiccant vapor separation reduces the energy requirements of atmospheric moisture harvesting. Environmental Science and Technology, 50(15):8362–8367, 2016.
  28. Chen S., Bekhor S., Yuval, and Broday D.M. Aggregated GPS tracking of vehicles and its use as a proxy of traffic-related air pollution emissions. Atmospheric Environment, 142:351-359, 2016.
  29. Castell N., Dauge F.R., Schneider P., Vogt M., Lerner U., Fishbain B., Broday D.M., and Bartonova A. Can commercial low-cost sensor platforms contribute to air quality monitoring and exposure estimates? Environment International, 99:293-302, 2017.
  30. Shafran-Nathan R., Yuval, Levy I., and Broday D.M. Exposure estimation errors to nitrogen oxides on a population scale due to daytime activity away from home. Science of the Total Environment, 580:1401–1409, 2017.
  31. Shafran-Nathan R., Levy I., Levin N., and Broday D.M. Ecological bias in environmental health studies: The problem of aggregation of multiple data sources. Air Quality Atmosphere and Health, 10(4):411–420, 2017.
  32. Yuval, Levy I., and Broday D.M. Improving modeled air pollution concentration maps by residual interpolation. Science of the Total Environment, 598:780–788, 2017.
  33. Mhawish A., Banerjee T., Broday D.M., Mishra A., and Tripathi S.N. Evaluation of MODIS Collection 6 aerosol retrieval algorithms over Indo-Gangetic Plain: Implications of aerosols types and mass loading. Remote Sensing of Environment, 201:297-313, 2017.
  34. Broday D.M., Arpaci A., Bartonova A., Castell-Balaguer, N., Cole-Hunter T., Dauge F.R., Fishbain B., Jones R.L., Galea K., Jovasevic-Stojanovic M., Kocman D., Martinez-Iñiguez T., Nieuwenhuijsen M., Robinson J., Svecova V., Thai P. Wireless distributed environmental sensor networks for air pollution measurement – the promise and the current reality. Sensors, 17(10):2263-2280, 2017.
  35. Chen S., Yuval, and Broday D.M. A new modeling approach for assessing the contribution of industrial and traffic emissions to ambient NOx Atmospheric Environment, 173:173–184, 2018.
  36. Kizel F., Etzion Y., Shafran-Nathan R., Levy I., Fishbain B., Bartonova A., and Broday D.M. Node-to-Node field calibration of wireless distributed air pollution sensor network. Pol., 233:900-909, 2018.
  37. Etzion , and Broday D.M. Highly resolved spatiotemporal variability of fine PM in an urban neighborhood. J. Aerosol Sci., 117:118-126, 2018.
  38. Shafran-Nathan R., Yuval, and Broday D.M. The impact of personal mobility and diurnal concentration variability on exposure misclassification to ambient pollutants. Sci. Technol., 52(6):3520-3526, 2018.
  39. Dubowski Y., Inibtawi M., and Broday D.M. Seasonal variations of polybrominated flame retardants bound to car dust under Mediterranean climate. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 70:124-132, 2018.
  40. Yuval, Zivan O., Magen-Molho H., Broday D.M., and Raz R. Application of a sensor network of low cost optical particle counters for assessing the impact of quarry emissions on its vicinity. Atmospheric Environment, 211:29-17, 2019.
  41. Shafran-Nathan R., Etzion Y., Zivan O., and Broday D.M., Estimating the spatial variability of fine particles at the neighborhood scale using a distributed network of particle sensors. Atmospheric Environment, 218:117011, 2019.
  42. Švecová V., Topinka J., Solanský I., Broday D., Šrám R.J., Relation between personal exposure and outdoor concentrations of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during smog episode. Central Eur. J. Public Health, 27(4):305-311, 2019.
  43. Broday D.M., Dayan U., Aharonov E., Laufer D., Adel M., Review of gas processing platform atmospheric emissions – case studies versus benchmarks. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 80:106313, 2020.
  44. Yuval, Levi Y., Dayan U., Levy I., Broday D.M., On the association between characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer and air pollution concentrations. Atmospheric Research, 231:104675, 2020.
  45. Chen S., Yuval, Broday D.M., Re-framing the Gaussian dispersion model as a nonlinear regression scheme for retrospective air quality assessment at a high spatial and temporal resolution. Environmental Modeling and Software, 125:104620, 2020.
  46. Tartakovsky D., Kordova-Biezuner L., Berlin E., Broday D.M., Air quality impacts of the low emission zone policy in Haifa. Atmospheric Environment, 232, 117472, 2020.
  47. Yuval, Tritscher T., Raz R., Levi Y., Levy I., Broday D.M., Emissions vs. turbulence and atmospheric stability: A study of their relative importance in determining air pollutant concentrations. Science of the Total Environment, 733, 139300, 2020.
  48. Mhawish A., Banerjee T., Sorek-Hamer M., Bilal M., Lyapustin A.I., Chatfield R., Broday D.M., Estimation of high resolution PM5 over Indo-Gangetic Plain by fusion of satellite data, meteorology and land use variables. Environmental Science & Technology, 54(13), 7891-7900, 2020.
  49. Zhang S., Yuval, Broday D.M., Raz R., Predictors of indoor-outdoor ratio of particle number concentrations in Israel. Atmosphere, 11, 1074, 2020.
  50. Shafran-Nathan R., Etzion Y., Broday D.M., Fusion of LUR modeling output and wireless distributed sensor network measurements into a highly spatiotemporally-resolved NO2 Environmental Pollution, 271, 116334, 2021.
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