On the Radio: UI researchers create improved pollution model for Santiago

Santiago, Chile. Photo by sandyundead, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights a pollution forecasting system developed for Santiago, Chile.

A team of University of Iowa researchers has developed technology to help Santiago, Chile and other megacities better deal with their air pollution.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The researches have created a new pollution forecasting system that allows more accurate predictions of air pollution. This is particularly important in Santiago where the pollution reaches high levels during the winter months.

Officials in Santiago use this forecasting to regulate emissions. For instance, they sometimes limit car use or factory production in certain areas on days when high pollution is expected.

Using the more accurate forecasts, Santiago officials will be able to make better judgments on what regulation is necessary.

For more information on this research project, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

Thank You.

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