Air quality research

power plant and emissionsGround-level ozone and aerosols are two major contributors to air quality problems. Through regional field campaigns, laboratory studies, and modeling investigations, CIRES researchers study the production, transformation, and transport of these air pollutants, enabling us to provide essential guidance to decision-makers on effective air quality management. Our research has helped demonstrate that air pollution must be understood on local to regional levels and that flexible management strategies are critical. For instance, the most effective approach to improving air quality on a regional basis is often dependent on the balance between the natural and human-made sources of the oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in that particular area. This type of information has spurred new strategies for managing large industrial point sources of pollution and controlling multiplesource pollution in cities like Houston, Texas.