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Environmental Monitoring and Modeling Needs in the 21st Century
RAO, S. T. Environmental Monitoring and Modeling Needs in the 21st Century. EM: AIR AND WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS MAGAZINE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS. Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, (10/2009):3-4, (2009).
It is well-known that adverse weather conditions and high levels of air pollutants affect human health and the environment. Over the past four decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of locations where air quality and meteorological observations are taken. Also, there has been a substantial improvement in the techniques for modeling the various physical and chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere. This EM issue covers current and future opportunities for obtaining 3-dimensional air quality observations on scales ranging from urban to inter-continental to critically examine atmospheric pollution problems and to better evaluate multi-scale atmospheric models.
The National Exposure Research Laboratory′s (NERL′s) Atmospheric Modeling Division (AMD) conducts research in support of EPA′s mission to protect human health and the environment. AMD′s research program is engaged in developing and evaluating predictive atmospheric models on all spatial and temporal scales for forecasting the Nation′s air quality and for assessing changes in air quality and air pollutant exposures, as affected by changes in ecosystem management and regulatory decisions. AMD is responsible for providing a sound scientific and technical basis for regulatory policies based on air quality models to improve ambient air quality. The models developed by AMD are being used by EPA, NOAA, and the air pollution community in understanding and forecasting not only the magnitude of the air pollution problem, but also in developing emission control policies and regulations for air quality improvements.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB
ATMOSPHERIC MODELING AND ANALYSIS DIVISION