Protecting Our Air Quality

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From left: Everette Joseph, ASRC Director, Christopher Conover ’18, Jim Schwab, ASRC Senior Research Associate, Janie Schwab, ASRC Research Technician, Brennan Stutsrim, DAES senior     

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Despite improvements, air pollution in New York City continues to pose significant health risks to not only the millions of people living within the Big Apple, but also those living downwind along the shorelines of the Long Island Sound in New York, Connecticut and, at times, as far east as Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
It’s an issue that Brennan Stutsrim is dedicating his summer break to better understanding.
Stutsrim, an incoming senior in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), is participating in a field study to investigate how unhealthy levels of near ground-level ozone, better known as smog, form in the Metropolitan area and drift northeast over the Long Island Sound.
The LISTOS Study:
Led by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study (LISTOS) involves researchers from state and federal agencies, along with faculty and students from more than a half dozen colleges and universities. The group is combining satellite, aircraft, balloon, marine and ground-based methods to obtain unprecedented air quality measurements at locations surrounding the Sound’s shorelines.
Stutsrim is one of several UAlbany students involved with the study, along with faculty researchers in the University’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC).
“Air pollution meteorology is something I’ve been interested in learning more about,” Stutsrim said. “One of my professors, Ross Lazear, emailed me the application for this field study, and I immediately knew it could be a great opportunity to do hands-on research before graduate school. You’re not going to get this experience inside a classroom.”

Christopher Conover ’18 prepares to launch a weather balloon …

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