SEARCH: Solutions to Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health

EPA Grant Number: R835871
Center: Solutions for Energy, AiR, Climate and Health Center (SEARCH)
Center Director: Bell, Michelle L.
Title: SEARCH: Solutions to Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health
Investigators: Bell, Michelle L. , Hobbs, Benjamin F.
Current Investigators: Bell, Michelle L. , Anastas, Paul T. , Breysse, Patrick N. , Curriero, Frank , Deziel, Nicole Cardello , Eckelman, Matthew J. , Ellis, J. Hugh , Esty, Daniel C. , Gentner, Drew R. , Gentry, Bradford S. , Gillingham, Kenneth , Hobbs, Benjamin F. , Katz, Howard , Kerkez, Branko , Koehler, Kirsten , Peccia, Jordan , Peng, Roger D. , Son, Jiyoung , Storelvmo, Trude , Streets, David G. , Wara, Michael W. , Weyant, John P. , Zaitchik, Ben , Zhang, Yang , Zhang, Yawei , Zimmerman, Julie B.
Institution: Yale University , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , North Carolina State University , Northeastern University , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Stanford University , The Johns Hopkins University , University of Chicago , University of Michigan
Current Institution: Yale University , Argonne National Laboratory , North Carolina State University , Stanford University , The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , The Johns Hopkins University , University of Michigan , Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
EPA Project Officer: Callan, Richard
Project Period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2020
Project Amount: $9,999,990
RFA: Air, Climate And Energy (ACE) Centers: Science Supporting Solutions (2014) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Global Climate Change , Air Quality and Air Toxics , Airborne Particulate Matter Health Effects , Particulate Matter , Air , Climate Change


TheĀ main objective of thisĀ ACE Center is to investigate emerging energy transitions in the U.S. and resulting air pollution and health outcomes through state-of-the-science modeling and measurements to characterize factors contributing to emissions, air quality and health. We will estimate how these factors affect regional and local differences in air pollution and health today and under global change and will quantify the impacts of key modifiable factors on air quality and health and associated changes under current and future conditions. We hypothesize that pending U.S. energy transitions will profoundly impact air quality and health.


Project 1 estimates how energy transitions in the U.S. affect emissions of air pollutants and how modifiable factors influence regional emissions, using state-of-the-art energy/emissions modeling, including critical feedbacks within the energy system. A broader set of emissions, such as from manufacture of energy technologies, will be estimated through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Project 2 assesses ambient levels and personal exposures of pollution corresponding to real-world energy transitions in a case study city, by developing novel high-resolution monitors and considering modifiable factors, such as commuting patterns. Project 3 uses advanced ensemble on-line coupled climate-air quality models to estimate ambient concentrations under energy transitions and diverse global change scenarios, and quantifies how modifiable factors contribute to regional differences. Project 3 also improves characterization of multipollutants’ spatio-temporal variability through novel bias reduction, uncertainty quantification, and satellite data. Project 4 estimates health impacts of energy transitions, and incorporates epidemiological analysis of under-studied modifiable factors. Project 4 also estimates climate change impacts of emissions from energy scenarios. Global change modeling (Project 3) will be used to estimate how all Projects’ results are affected by future conditions.

Expected Results:

SEARCH will produce detailed estimates of the health consequences and air quality conditions under diverse scenarios that integrate regional impacts of energy transitions, climate change, land use, and other modifiable factors. The integrated research projects address all four research questions in the RFA. Results will provide scientific evidence on how energy choices, climate policy, and other considerations can impact air pollution and health. The research framework will provide the basis for future synthesis of energy, air pollution, climate, and health and their critical linkages for other integrated policy strategies and updated scientific findings. SEARCH will have far-reaching impact by bridging multiple disciplines related to energy, climate, air and health systems.

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Journal Article Bravo MA, Anthopolos R, Bell ML, Miranda ML. Racial isolation and exposure to airborne particulate matter and ozone in understudied US populations: environmental justice applications of downscaled numerical model output. Environment International 2016;92-93:247-255. R835871 (2016)
R835871C004 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Bravo MA, Ebisu K, Dominici F, Wang Y Peng RD, Bell ML. Airborne fine particles and risk of hospital admissions for understudied populations:effects by urbanicity and short-term cumulative exposures in 708 US counties. Environmental Health Perspectives 2017;125(4):594-601. R835871 (2016)
    R835871C004 (2016)
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    ambient air, dose-response, elderly, ethnic groups, exposure, global climate, ozone, particles, race, risk assessment, sensors, susceptibility, vulnerability;

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    2016 Progress Report

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R835871C001 Project 1: Modeling Emissions from Energy Transitions
    R835871C002 Project 2: Assessment of Energy-Related Sources, Factors and Transitions Using Novel High-Resolution Ambient Air Monitoring Networks and Personal Monitors
    R835871C003 Project 3: Air Quality and Climate Change Modeling: Improving Projections of the Spatial and Temporal Changes of Multipollutants to Enhance Assessment of Public Health in a Changing World
    R835871C004 Project 4: Human Health Impacts of Energy Transitions: Today and Under a Changing World