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Ground Level Ozone Concentrations Based on Satellite Observations and Surface Monitoring in Support of US-Mexico Border 2012 Program Environmental Health Decisions

Project Leads and Affiliations:

Vance S. Fong, P.E., Debbie Lowe, MPH, Jan Baxter, R.Gp., P.G., EPA Region 9

Key Collaborators:

William Luthans, EPA Region 6
Sandra Duque, EPA/Office of Environmental Information/ Border2012 Indicators Program
Dr. Harold Zenick and Dr. David J. Williams, EPA/Office of Research & Development
Michael Hadrick and Monica Jones, EPA/Office of Air and Radiation
Dr. Beatriz Cárdenas, Mexico Secretariat for Environment & Natural Resource (SEMARNAT)
Dr. Rick Van Schoik, Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy
Dr. Edmund Seto, SPH and Prof. Peng Gong, CNR, University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Robert Chatfield and Dr. Steve Hipskind, NASA/Ames Research Center
Dr. Gregory B. Osterman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Dr. Sally Edwards, Environmental Health Advisor, Pan-American Health Organization

Project Abstract Written: October 2005

Project Timeframe: 2006 - 2008

Project Summary:

Environmental health risks at the US-Mexico Border Region have been attributed to increased development, industrial and population growth, the rising number of old vehicles on the road, and topographic and meteorological conditions. Approximately three million US and Mexican citizens live in counties where ozone concentrations exceed the health-based air quality standard. This project will support the implementation of Border 2012 - a 10-year, results-oriented environmental program through which the US and Mexico can pursue solutions for improving the environmental conditions along the border. Insights on the geographical pattern/movement of ozone maxima in the US-Mexico border will provide valuable knowledge to decision makers in addition to the traditional data from ground monitors. The project will continue EPA's active research collaboration with NASA and key stakeholders in ensuring that satellite retrievals of lower atmospheric ozone are effectively used for practical environmental health decisions. Specifically, the project will:

The work will be performed through existing interagency agreements and contracts. The project team will also leverage existing resources and support amongst US and Mexican stakeholders to maximize project success. A report will be published on the utility of the satellite data and surface monitoring data in conjunction with the decision support tool for border environmental health decisions. The report will recommend practical applications for the NASA remote sensing products evaluated in this study. The report will be shared with decision makers and interested parties through existing agency and collaborators' information channels/systems.

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