On the Radio: University of Iowa Air Quality Grant


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers a study by the University of Iowa that was funded by a grant from the EPA. Continue reading for the transcript, or listen to the audio below.

Thanks to 4.3-million-dollars in grants awarded to 13 institutions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Iowa researchers will soon better understand air pollution and climate.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The University of Iowa portion, a $300,000 grant from the U.S. EPA,  will go towards a study called “Sources and Radiative Properties of Organosulfates in the Atmosphere,” part of the 2013 Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study.

The field study is led by University of Iowa Associate Professor of Chemistry, Betsy Stone and conducted throughout June and July. The study will examine how trees influence air quality and climate.

Supporters of the project include the EPA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Participating researchers are using the data collected to develop better climate models as well as help states and the federal government improve air quality.

For more information about the study and air quality in Iowa, visit iowanevironmentalfocus.org.

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

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