Texas Joint Center for Air Quality

EPA Grant Number: X832317
Center: Texas Joint Center for Air Quality
Center Director: Hitchcock, David
Title: Texas Joint Center for Air Quality
Investigators: Hitchcock, David , Allen, David T.
Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2008
Project Amount: $969,300
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Targeted Research


The Joint Center for Air Quality (JCAQ) is a multi-year, multi-organization program utilizing applied and field research to better understand and solve air quality problems in Texas. The Center brings together research activities of a major air quality field study (TexAQS II) and an applied transportation/air quality program, called the Transportation and Air Quality Forum (TAQF). The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and The University of Texas at Austin (UT) have formed the core team for this collaborative effort that will include other research organizations, including the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M


In pursuit of the Center's objectives, the overall goal of the Center is to further the understanding of air quality phenomena affecting Texas urban areas through field studies and the analysis of promising solutions. Toward this goal, the Center will address the following objectives:

  • To identify candidate transportation practices, technologies and control measures
  • To develop and apply methods and criteria for determining the regional fit of transportation options
  • To assess the effects of selected transportation options on air quality
  • To test or demonstrate promising transportation options
  • To assess the extent of ozone and fine particulate matter transport
  • To characterize air pollution meteorology in all seasons
  • To refine and evaluate inventories of ozone precursors and fine particulates
  • To develop and improve simulation tools
  • To communicate results to researchers and policymakers

Expected Results:

During the first year of operation, the Joint Center will form a nine member Advisory Committee comprised of transportation and air research scientists plus other air quality organization members. The Committee will help guide the research process to achieve the Center's goals. Committee members will also provide needed liaisons with other air research activities and advisory groups such as the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, the Science Synthesis Committee, and the Texas Air Research Center. Other research organizations will be engaged in the implementation of specific tasks of the Center.

Journal Articles: 3 Displayed | Download in RIS Format

Other center views: All 11 publications 3 publications in selected types All 3 journal articles
Type Citation Sub Project Document Sources
Journal Article Feldman MS, Howard T, McDonald-Buller E, Mullins G, Allen DT, Webb A, Kimura Y. Applications of satellite remote sensing data for estimating dry deposition in eastern Texas. Atmospheric Environment 2007;41(35):7562-7576. X832317 (Final)
  • Full-text: Science Direct
  • Abstract: Science Direct
  • Other: Science Direct PDF
  • Journal Article Simon H, Allen DT, Wittig AE. Fine particulate matter emissions inventories: comparisons of emissions estimates with observations from recent field programs. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 2008;58(2):320-343. X832317 (Final)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Journal Article Webster M, Nam J, Kimura Y, Jeffries H, Vizuete W, Allen DT. The effect of variability in industrial emissions on ozone formation in Houston, Texas. Atmospheric Environment 2007;41(40):9580-9593. X832317 (Final)
  • Full-text: Science Direct
  • Abstract: Science Direct
  • Other: Science Direct PDF
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    Healthy communities and ecosystems, air, ozone, particulate matter, Texas, TX Region 6, air-shed model, transportation and clean air and climate change,, RFA, Air, climate change, Air Pollution Effects, Atmosphere

    Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2006 Progress Report
  • 2007 Progress Report
  • Final Report