Carmichael, Spak Receive Grant to Join NASA Air Quality Team

Friday, August 26, 2011

University of Iowa News Release

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and UI assistant professor Scott Spak have been awarded a five-year, $575,000 NASA grant to join the newly formed NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (AQAST).

AQAST will optimize the value of Earth Science satellites, suborbital platforms, and models to serve U.S. air quality management needs.

AQAST members have expertise in a wide array of tools and data sets available from NASA and other Earth Science agencies and resources to carry out quick-turnaround research by responding to urgent and evolving needs of air quality management.

The UI team, with Carmichael serving as principal investigator and Spak as co-principal investigator, will focus on using satellite products to improve estimates of pollution emissions and the quality of air pollution forecasts. They will also work on estimating the contributions of hemispheric transport of pollution to U.S. air quality.

Spak has joint appointments in the UI Public Policy Center, School of Urban and Regional Planning, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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