Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions (CACES)

EPA Grant Number: R835873
Center: Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions
Center Director: Robinson, Allen
Title: Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions (CACES)
Investigators: Robinson, Allen , Adams, Peter , Apte, Joshua S. , Azevedo, InĂªs L , Boies, Adam M. , Brauer, Michael , Burnett, Richard T , Coggins, Jay S. , Donahue, Neil , Ezzati, Majid , Hankey, Steve , Hill, Jason , Jaramillo, Paulina , Marshall, Julian D. , Matthews, H. Scott , Michalek, Jeremy J. , Millet, Dylan B , Muller, Nicholas , Pandis, Spyros N. , Polasky, Stephen , Pope, Clive Arden , Presto, Albert
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University , Brigham Young University , Health Canada - Ottawa , Imperial College , Middlebury College , The University of Texas at Austin , University of British Columbia , University of Minnesota , University of Washington , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Current Institution: Carnegie Mellon University , Brigham Young University , Health Canada - Ottawa , Imperial College , Middlebury College , The University of Texas at Austin , University of British Columbia , University of Minnesota , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2021
Project Amount: $10,000,000
RFA: Air, Climate And Energy (ACE) Centers: Science Supporting Solutions (2014) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Airborne Particulate Matter Health Effects , Air , Climate Change , Health Effects

Objective:

We propose a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research center to address critical questions at the nexus of air, climate, and energy. The center design addresses overarching themes of regional differences, multiple pollutants, and development and dissemination of tools for air quality impact assessment. Novel measurement and modeling approaches will be applied to understand spatial and temporal differences in human exposures and health outcomes. We will investigate a range of technology and policy scenarios for addressing our nation’s air, climate, and energy challenges, and test their potential ability to meet policy goals such as improved health outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

Approach:

The center is comprised of five thematically and scientifically integrated research projects and one support center. Project 1 will extend existing chemical transport models to high spatial resolution (1 km) with tagged source apportionment and will develop a new class of reduced complexity models for air quality and exposure assessment. Project 2 will conduct comprehensive measurements in three cities (Austin, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA) to quantify factors influencing gradients in pollutant concentrations and develop mechanistic understanding of how pollutant transformations affect population exposures. Project 3 will develop two sets of multi-pollutant land-use regression (LUR) models: (1) high spatial resolution (~0.1km) national-scale models to predict annual average concentrations over multiple decades (used for epidemiological analyses in Project 5); and (2) real-time high-resolution (hourly, ~0.1 km) LUR models for the case study cities in Project 2. Project 4 will use tools developed in other projects to investigate key air, climate, and energy challenges and their interactions. Using a common policy framework, we will focus on four main elements: electricity generation; transportation; land use; and climate-dependent emissions, transport and chemistry. Project 5 will analyze nationally representative population-based health data, combined with novel multi-pollutant exposure estimates and source contributions (Projects 1 and 3), to derive new knowledge on multi-pollutant mortality risk and its variability across the U.S. These new risk functions will be incorporated in our technology/policy analyses (Project 4).

Expected Results:

The proposed Center activities will build and demonstrate a new approach for integrated management of air quality, climate, and energy. This proposal addresses all four priority research areas in the RFA.


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Journal Article Clark LP, Millet DB, Marshall JD. Changes in transportation-related air pollution exposures by race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status: outdoor nitrogen dioxide in the United States in 2000 and 2010. Environmental Health Perspectives 2017;125(9):097012 (10 pp.). R835873 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Heo J, Adams PJ, Gao HO. Public health costs accounting of inorganic PM2.5 pollution in metropolitan areas of the United States using a risk-based source-receptor model. Environment International 2017;106:119-126. R835873 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Tessum CW, Hill JD, Marshall JD. InMAP: a model for air pollution interventions. PloS ONE 2017;12(4):e0176131 (26 pp.). R835873 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Weis A, Jaramillo P, Michalek J. Consequential life cycle air emissions externalities for plug-in electric vehicles in the PJM interconnection. Environmental Research Letters 2016;11(2):024009 (12 pp.). R835873 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Zhao Y, Saleh R, Saliba G, Presto AA, Gordon TD, Drozd GT, Goldstein AH, Donahue NM, Robinson AL. Reducing secondary organic aerosol formation from gasoline vehicle exhaust. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2017;114(27):6984-6989. R835873 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Muller NZ. Environmental benefit-cost analysis and the national accounts. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 2017;1-40 [Epub ahead of print]. R835873C004 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Muller NZ, Jha A. Does environmental policy affect scaling laws between population and pollution? Evidence from American metropolitan areas. PLOS One 2017;12(8):e0181407 (15 pp.). R835873C004 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Zimmerman N, Presto AA, Kumar SPN, Gu J, Hauryliuk A, Robinson ES, Robinson AL, Subramanian R. Closing the gap on lower cost air quality monitoring:machine learning calibration models to improve low-cost sensor performance. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions August 2017 [In review]. R835873 (2016)
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  • Supplemental Keywords:

    air pollution, climate, energy, health effects, social cost, impact assessment;

    Progress and Final Reports:

    2016 Progress Report

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R835873C001 Mechanistic Air Quality Impact Models for Assessment of Multiple Pollutants at High Spatial Resolution
    R835873C002 Air Quality Observatory
    R835873C003 Next Generation LUR Models: Development of Nationwide Modeling Tools for Exposure Assessment and Epidemiology
    R835873C004 Air Pollutant Control Strategies in a Changing World
    R835873C005 Health Effects of Air Pollution and Mitigation Scenarios