Carmichael Receives Grant to Study Chemistry and Climate Over Asia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

University of Iowa News Release

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), has received a three-year, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the impacts of changing climate and chemical emissions on Asia.

The total award of $700,000, including a $167,000 UI portion, will fund a joint project between the UI and the National Center for Atmospheric Research with international partners from India, Japan and China.

The phase one grant will develop a program focused on Asian climate and air quality and their impacts on systems affecting humans, including hydrology, ecosystems, extreme weather events and human health. The long-term goal is to provide a framework for additional detailed studies that would be part of a future comprehensive modeling and measurement project.

As one of the most highly populated and economically dynamic regions in the world, Asia is a region with significant emissions of greenhouse gases, aerosols and other pollutants, which pose high health risks to urban populations.