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New Website Available - Near-Realtime Arctic Change Indicator, NOAA Arctic Research Office. To view the website, please go to:
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/detect

Air Quality, Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy - 8th Annual EPA, DOE, EPRI, EEI, AWMA Conference
- January 24-26, 2005 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
- EUEC 2005 is one of the best recognized annual technical meetings in US, where business leaders, corporate executives, regulators, academia, consultants, engineers and specialists network and learn about current policies and technological advances in these topics. See Preliminary Program at http://www.euec.com/.
NERAM is pleased to announce the fourth meeting in the NERAM Colloquium Series "International Perspectives on Air Quality: Risk Management Principles for Policy Development" to be held at the National Institute for Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico on Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2005. The deadline for the First Announcement/Call for Posters is December 1, 2004. Further information and on-line registration is available on the NERAM website at http://www.irr-neram.ca.
NCSE's 5th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Forecasting Environmental Change. The conference will take place February 3-4, 2005 in Washington, DC. For more information visit the conference
website,http://www.ncseonline.org/NCSEconference/2005conference/ .

The Draft Strategic Plan for the Earth Observation System is available at
http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov/draftstrategicplan. Comments on the draft are due
by November 8, 2004, and should be sent to IWGEOcomments@noaa.gov. For more information on the Earth Observation
System, see the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations website at http://IWGEO.ssc.nasa.gov/and the Global Earth Observation System website at http://earthobservations.org/.

NASA launches Aura satellite to moitor ozone in the upper and lower atmosphere.
MTNCLIM 2005. The first MTNCLIM Workshop 2005, will be held at Big Sky Institute, Montana State, University, June 7-9, 2005. Lisa Graumlich (MSU), Henry Diaz (USFS), and Connie Millar (USFS) will co-chair the program planning.
2004 Mercury Workshop http://westnilemaps.usgs.gov/mercuryworkshop/
In May 2004 the Mountain Climate Sciences Symposium was held in Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California. Abstracts, papers and information from the meeting are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/mcss/ . A number of follow-up publications and meetings are planned under the new "Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT)
Jill Baron is organizing the second regional ROMEOnet (Rocky Mountain Ecological Observatory Network) meeting on Monday, September 20, 2004 in the Cherokee Park Room of the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. For information on this "regional NEON" group and to get your name on their mailing list, see the web site: http://www.romeonet.org
Taking Stock 2001 - Electric power plants #1 source of toxic air pollution in North America
AIR POLLUTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

A symposium on this topic was held in Montréal, 23-24 May 2002, under the auspices of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The proceedings can be viewed at:
www.menv.gouv.qc.ca/air/symposium/sympo-actes-detail-en.pdf

Environment Canada submitted comments to the EPA on the Proposed Rule to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone on March 30, 2004. These comments can be viewed at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/can_us/Interstate_AQ_Rule/IAQR_e.cfm#exe
STAC sponsored Workshop: Understanding the "Lag Times" Affecting the Improvement of
Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay on May 19-20, 2004. Announcement

Information on the NPS-Air Resources Division's WACAP program is included in a March 2004 article from the Tacoma Tribune: http://www.tribnet.com/news/story/4879786p-4815658c.html
International Joint Commission Releases Summary of Critical Air Quality Issues Between Canada and the United States - Encourages Continued Action. Report available in html and in pdf http://www.ijc.org/rel/news/040127_e.htm

The American Lung Association has published the 2003 version of the annotated bibliography of selected studies of the health effects of ozone and particulate air pollution. A copy of the bibliography is available online at: http://www.lungusa.org/cleanairstandards
Ammonia Workshop Proceedings, of meeting held in Washington, DC on October 22-24, 2003 are now available on the NADP web site at http://nadp.sws.uiuc.edu/nh4ws/
The EPA has published the draft inventory for 1990-2002 of Greenhouse gas emissions. This report can be found at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/ResourceCenterPublicationsGHGEmissionsUSEmissionsInventory2004.html
The NOAA Office of Global Programs (OGP) leads the NOAA Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Program. More on their website at: http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/
Funding for the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) extramural grants program will be decreased from the funding levels in previous budgets, from $100 million to about $65 million. As a result of this decision, it will be necessary for EPA to reduce the number of STAR Requests for Applications and associated grants, beginning with the 2004 announcements currently listed on the website. The announcements page http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/ has been changed to reflect these changes. See FAQ's about the reduction http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004faq.html
WACAP - Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project has a new factsheet on thier website. Check it out: http://www2.nature.nps.gov/air/Studies/air_toxics/wacap.htm
Researchers in Glacier NP have received funding to continue global change studies as part of a five year Western Mountains Initiative – funding from the USGS-BRD. For information on this study, see the February 1, 2004 article in the Missoulian:
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/02/02/news/mtregional/znews06.txt
State and Private Forestry, Air Quality Management, in the Regional Office of the Rocky Mountain Region will soon be advertising a GS-13 Air Quality Specialist position. This is a permanent full time position, located in Golden, Colorado.
DENVER -- Five Western states and the City of Albuquerque have completed the nation’s first air quality plans designed to reduce haze over federally protected Class I areas, such as national parks and wilderness areas. More information at: http://www.wrapair.org/
The Federal government now requires all requests for proposals be listed on-line at http://www.grants.gov. There are instructions on line of how to search for specific topic areas (environment, natural resources, energy) and for specific agencies, e.g. National Science Foundation, Department of the Interior, etc.
Atmospheric Deposition of Nutrients, Pesticides, and Mercury in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, 2002; By M. Alisa Mast, Donald H. Campbell, George P. Ingersoll, William T. Foreman, and David P. Krabbenhoft: http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/wri/wri034241/

FDA Announces Comprehensive Foods Advisory on Methylmercury: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2003/ANS01270.html

Air Resource Division research staff visited Big Bend National Park to present the background and key findings of the nearly-completed Big Bend Regional Aerosol and Visibility Observational (BRAVO) Study to park management and staff. The study investigated the long-range transport of visibility-reducing particles from regional sources in the U.S. and Mexico and the contributions of U.S. and Mexican source regions and source types responsible for poor visibility at Big Bend National Park. The BRAVO Study final report is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of 2004.
USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. Linking Mercury Sources and Fate: Incorporating Mercury Deposition Data into Atmospheric Transport Models
http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/2005/opps/opp3.html
Two EPA-NCER projects related to UV and nitrogen deposition have interm and final reports available, see:
National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Celebrates 25th Anniversary: The NADP was organized in 1977 to increase understanding of the causes and effects of acidic precipitation. The monitoring network has grown to nearly 250 sites across the country, 40 of which are located in national parks. An international audience gathered in Washington, D.C., October 20-22, 2003 for a technical meeting on how the long-term monitoring has been used to support science and inform policy. Chris Shaver, Air Resources Division Chief, made a presentation on ways the NPS has used NADP data in program and policy evaluation. See Chris’ powerpoint.
Graduate assistantships are available for highly qualified students interested in M.S. or Ph.D. level graduate study in biosphere-atmosphere interactions at the University of Minnesota.
Canon Scholar, Sarah Nelson of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine will work at Acadia National Park. Her work will improve our understanding of the hydrology and chemistry of park ecosystems. http://data2.itc.nps.gov/release/Detail.cfm?ID=414
Learn about the latest in global environmental information networking at: http://www.neisgei.org
Government of Canada announces $1.6 million for climate change projets: http://www.climatechange.gc.ca
Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project (WACAP) Fact Sheet - May 2003
Archive of past meetings
   

JOBS and FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Southeast Zone Air Resource Specialist
ARTICLES and REPORTS
Reports Summarizing EPA UV Data Analysis by Global Environmental Engineering Consultants Inc. in 2005

EPA TASK (0) REPORT (Data Quality Assurance)
EPA TASK (A) REPORT (Analysis of CIE-weighted UV Trends)
EPA TASK (B) REPORT (Analysis of Spectral UV Trends)
EPA TASK (C) REPORT (Factors Affecting UV-B Flux)
EPA TASK (D) REPORT (Noontime vs. Daytime-integrated UV)
EPA TASK (E) REPORT (Comparison of UV-B Flux & NWS Predictions)
EPA TASK (F) REPORT (Brewer Measurements vs. Radiative Transfer Calculations)
EPA TASK (G) REPORT (Effects of Air Pollution on UV)
EPA TASK (H) REPORT (Comparison of UV-B Trends & UNEP Data)
EPA TASK (I) REPORT (Effect of Clouds/Haze/Aerosols)
EPA TASK (J) REPORT (Daily CIE UV Compared to Daily Ozone)
EPA TASK (K) REPORT (Effects of Cloud Depth and Type)
EPA FINAL REPORT (95 pp.)

Four articles from PRIMENet UV and amphibian research were just published online at Springer-Verlag, Ecosystems.
1. Coordinated Studies of Ultraviolet Radiation and Amphibians in Lentic Wetland Habitats
2. Estimated Ultraviolet Radiation Doses in Wetlands in Six National Parks
3. Spatial and Temporal Variability in the Amount and Source of Dissolved Organic Carbon: Implications for Ultraviolet Exposure in Amphibian Habitats
4. Distribution Patterns of Lentic-Breeding Amphibians in Relation to Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure in Western North America

The 2005 progress report on SPARC: Searchable Park Access to Research Catchments.

The 2004 Progress Report under the Canada U.S. Air Quality Agreement has been released and can be viewed and downloaded at the sites identified below.
http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/can_us/2004CanUs/intro_e.html
http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/usca/2004report.html
The final report of the Federal Land Manager Critical Loads Workshop, held in Lakewood, CO in March 2004 is available on the NPS-ARD web site (under "reports") at: http://www2.nature.nps.gov/air/Pubs/index.htm; it can also be found at the
Forest Service critical loads web site at: http://www.sgcp.ncsu.edu/criticalloads/workinggroups.html
"Issues in Ecology" is a series of science overview publications done by the Ecological Society of America. They are easy to read, and great references. The latest one (issue #12) is "Impacts of Atmospheric Pollutants on Aquatic Ecosystems". It overviews impacts of nutrient N, Hg, and organic compounds. This publication is available from the ESA web site at: http://www.esa.org/science/Issues/
"Our Changing Planet: The US Climate Change Science Program for FY 2004-2005" report is now available. CCSP coordinates research on climate and global change, supported by 13 participating departments and agencies of the federal government. See the report at http://www.usgcrp.gov.
The European Energy Agency has released the report "Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate, An Indicator-Based Assessment", which predicts more severe weather problems in Europe due to rising temperatures. *.pdf Report
Report available from EPA Airmarkets Division on "NOx Budget Trading Program, 2003 progress and compliance report". Available at: http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/cmprpt/nox03/noxreport03.pdf

"Stop Blowing Smoke in the Heartland: Protecting Human Health from Smokestack Pollution" Enivronmental Defense Report *.pdf Report

Ozone monitoring at Virgin Islands National Park *.pdf Report
The Ozone Report: Measuring Progress Through 2003 *.pdf Report
Summary of air quality in National Parks information *.pdf Report
A new report by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) ranks Great Smoky Mountains as America's most-polluted national park. For the rest of NPCA's rankings of air pollution in parks, see "Code Red: America's
Five Most Polluted National Parks" at http://www.npca.org/codered.
Simkin et al., 2004. DETERMINATION OF SULFATE, NITRATE, AND CHLORIDE IN
THROUGHFALL USING ION-EXCHANGE RESINS
,Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 153: 343–354.
The Year 2002 Report on Air Quality in Ontario is now available on the Ministry of the Environment website at: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/techdocs/4521e01.pdf
The reports on water quality were completed by the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program. Of the 51 areas studied in the first phase of the program, the USGS has already launched a second round of studies in 42 areas to determine trends, fill critical gaps in the characterization of water-quality conditions, and increase understanding of natural and human factors that affect water quality. Free copies of the NAWQA reports are available from 1-800-ASK-USGS, by fax 303-202-4693 or online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/nawqasum/.
Cloud and Dry Deposition Monitoring
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Clingmans Dome, TN - 2003
National Energy Technology Lab outlines where proposed coal fired power plants are going to be located as well as capacities: http://www.netl.doe.gov/coalpower/oces/pubs/ncp.pdf

A PLAN OF ACTION FOR AUSTRALIA, MARCH 2004 - Australia's Coal Action Plan http://www.coal21.com.au/Media/COAL21_Action_Plan.pdf

USGS/NPS synotic snow survey
Rocky Mountian Snowpack Chemistry at Selcected Sites, 2002
Amercian Geophysical Union's consensus on climate change is contained in a position paper "Human Impacts on Climate" from December 2003 issue of EOS
Report Details Growing Climate Change Threat to Coral Reefs
Find the full report and other Pew Center reports at http://www.pewclimate.org.
Find this release and accompanying visuals at http://www.ucar.edu/communications/newsreleases/2004.
NATIONAL PARKS CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT AVAILABILITY

The text portion of this Parks Canada CD-ROM report can now be downloaded from http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/u/dj2scott/ in PDF format. The full citation is: Daniel Scott, 2003, “Climate change and Canada’s national park system: scenarios and impacts,” Parks Canada Ecosystem Science Review Report 19, ISSN 1200-3301.

Stoddard, J., J.S. Kahl, F. Deviney, D. DeWalle, C. Driscoll, A. Herlihy, J. Kellogg, P. Murdoch, J. Webb, and K. Webster, 2003. Response of surface water chemistry to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. EPA/620/R-03/001, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. 78 p. Click here for PDF
International Joint Commission Releases Summary of Critical Air Quality Issues Between Canada and the United States - Encourages Continued Action
Report available in html and in pdf http://www.ijc.org/rel/news/040127_e.htm
This report and others prepared by the International Air Quality Board are available on the IJC's web site at: www.ijc.org

For papers presented at Air Quality IV Conference, related to mercury emissions from coal fired power plants and their effects, [September 22-24, 2003 Arlington, VA] see the DOE web site for January 16, 2004, http://www.netl.doe.gov/coalpower/environment/mercury/whatsnew_index.html
EPA published their 2002 annual report of the Acid Rain program on November 13, 2003. You can find the 16-page report at : www.epa.gov/airmarkets/cmprpt/arp02/2002report.pdf
American Meteorological Society journal of December 2003, "Climate change scenarios for the US National Assessment" by M. MacCracken et al.
Ozone Report Available on ARD Website: This summer, Ellen Porter sponsored a workshop of ozone effects experts to develop an updated list of plant species with known sensitivity to ozone. The results of that workshop are contained in a recent publication, "Ozone Sensitive Plant Species on National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands". The report is on the ARD website at www2.nature.nps.gov/ard/pubs
“Buying time: a User's manual for building resistance and resilience to climate change in natural systems,” and its editors are L.J. Hansen, J.L. Biringer and J.R. Hoffmann. You can download individual chapters or the entire report from the WWF web site at: http://www.panda.org/downloads/climate_change/buyingtime_unfe.pdf
ACID DEPOSITION PAPERS OF INTEREST
The journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Volume 88 No. 1-3, October-November 2003 contains many papers of Canadian interest, particularly for acid deposition and recovery in southeastern Canada. There are too many to give you abstracts, but here are the titles that are most linked to air issues.
Environmental Defense has released a report on mercury pollution: Out of Control and Close to Home. The report relies on EPA's own REMSAD modeling results to show that local sources of mercury are responsible for mercury hot spots that threaten public health. The report can be found at: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/go/mercurypowerplants
New National Wildlife Federation report: Cycle of Harm: Mercury's pathway from rain to fish in the environment (data primarily from the Mercury Deposition Network)
Sixty-nine lakes in western national parks that were sampled in the 1985 EPA lake survey were re-sampled in 1999 to provide comparative data for this analysis. These data, along with NADP wet deposition trend data are included in the article that appeared in Water Resources Research.
The International Joint Commission has published a report on their workshop on mercury deposition and control strategies. The report in .pdf form Addressing Atmospheric Mercury: Science and Policy. By the International Air Quality Advisory Board and the CEC. (May 2003)
can be found at http://www.cec.org/pubs_docs/documents/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=1203
"The effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and southern Wyoming-- a critical review"
The 2002 annual data summary reports for ozone, meteorology, and dry deposition
USGS Releases Study on Toxic Rainfall in the San Joanquin Valley http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/wri/wri034091

The Western Lake Survey resample article: Changes in the chemistry of lakes and precipitation in high-elevation national parks in the western United States, 1985-1999

A recent report put out by the Pew Center on Global Change, titled U.S. Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century, by Irving Mintzer, J. Amber Leonard and Peter Schwartz, discusses developments in U.S. energy supply and use, including fuels that account for more than 80 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. For a copy of the report in .pdf format, go to
http://www.pewclimate.org/global_warming_in_depth/all_reports/energy_scenarios/index.cfm

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Publication: Nitrogen Pollution: From the Sources to the Sea

National Wildlife Federation report: Cycle of Harm: Mercury's pathway from rain to fish in the environment. Mercury in rain and in fish tissue was evaluated in this report, with data coming primarily from the Mercury Deposition Network.

 

State of the Air 2003: American Lung Association (ALA) Annual Report (Press Release)
Designing a Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program for the U.S. A Pew Center report by Robert R. Nordhaus and Kyle W. Danish
 

Rocky Mountain Snowpack Chemistry Network: History, Methods, and the Importance of Monitoring Mountain Ecosystems by George P. Ingersoll, John T. Turk, M. Alisa Mast, David W. Clow, Donald H. Campbell, and Zelda C. Bailey

Conservation Implications of Climate Change: Soil Erosion and Runoff from Cropland (Soil and Water Conservation Society)
Atmospheric nitrogen deposition: Implications for managers of western U.S. parks, by Thomas Meixner, Edith B. Allen, Kathy Tonnessen, Mark Fenn, and Mark Poth

The United States' Detailed National Report on Systematic Observations for Climate: National Global Climate Observation System (GCOS) Program

New article from Dan Jaffe, et. al: Six new episodes of trans-Pacific transport of air pollutants

New report from Edward E. Little, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center: Evaluation of Solar Ultraviolet Radiation as a Factor in Amphibian Decline in Montane Habitats (sites in GLAC, ROMO, SEKI, and OLYM)

New report from Doug Burns, USGS-WRD: The Effects of Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Southern Wyoming: A Synthesis and Critical Assessment of Published Results

Where have all the glaciers gone? (February issue of BioScience)

Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNet) 2000 Annual Report

Presentations by Jack Shreffler, Environmental Protection Agency
1. Solar Ultraviolet Monitoring Project Network of Brewer Spectrophotometers at 21 Sites
2. Data from EPA's Ultraviolet Monitoring Network

 

1999 PRIMENet Annual Report
 

 

 

CURRENT PROJECTS
Amphibian Research
UV Radiometer
   

 

NEWSLETTERS
The December 2004 issue of Acid News is available on line at: http://www.acidrain.org/AN4-04a.htm
LTER newsletter: http://intranet.lternet.edu/archives/documents/Newsletters/NetworkNews/spring04/

The March 2004 edition of the "Acid News", published by the Swedish NGO Secretariat on Acid Rain, can be found at http://www.acidrain.org/acidnews.htm
There is a new issue of the IMPROVE newsletter available (1st quarter, 2004) at http://vista.cira.colostate.edu/improve/publications/publications.htm

Western Regional Air Partnership News; Issue # 13 - Spring 2004 http://www.wrapair.org/news/index.html
The new issue of the Network Newsletter is now on line. The editors wish to thank all who sent comments, articles, websites, and publications for this issue. Please send us an email at jan@ucar.edu if you have any items of interest for the next issue, scheduled to be released 1 April 2004. http://www.esig.ucar.edu/newshp
Biologicial/ecological air quality related work in parks and other related information in ARD.
US Forest Service Air Resource Management newsletter, Volume 1:5, September 15, 2003
Science: Acid Rain Collection
Environment Canada Media Room
The Network News: Newsletter of the Long Term Ecological Research Network
Heads Up FHIO: Canadian Global Change Management Newsletter
Trio: The Newsletter for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation
NPS Newsletters
IMPROVE: Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments
The Monitor: a newsletter for the air quality station operators in the national parks
New publications available from University of Georgia National Ultraviolet Monitoring Center
For a list of NUMC publications, click here
Latest Acid News newsletter
 

 

 

BROCHURES

The following NOAA brochures funded by PRIMENet and NPS are available under Resources at www.srrb.noaa.gov/UV/ :

 
  • UV and Plants
  • UV and Air Quality
  • UV and Amphibians
  • UV and Skin Cancer
  • UV Radiation and the Eye
USGS main page for environmental factsheets: http://water.usgs.gov/wid/index-environ.html
 

USGS detailed factsheets:
Glacial record of atmospheric mercury deposition
Coral reefs
Environment and human health
Malformed frogs in Minnesota
Mercury in the environment
Health impacts of coal combustion

National Park Service downloadable brochures:
 

Parks for Science
Natural Resource Challenge
NPS Continuous Monitoring Network

The following NASA links have introductory fact sheets and more in-depth information about each subject:
 

Introduction to UV-B
Ozone we breathe
Global warming overview
Ozone

   
   

 
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