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EPA Awards $6.6 Million to Universities for Black Carbon Research

Release date: 10/18/2011

EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program awarded nine grants to support research to study the role and effects of black carbon. The research will analyze the impacts of black carbon on air and water quality, investigate the behavior of black carbon aerosols in the atmosphere, and develop innovative tools such as computer models to look at black carbon deposits on snow. Black carbon deposited on snow and ice hastens melting by directly absorbing sunlight and by darkening the surface, which reduces the amount of light reflected back to space. The research also examines the aging of black carbon in the atmosphere.

"This research on black carbon will provide valuable information about the impact of black carbon on climate change," says William Sanders, director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research. “An increased understanding of the impact black carbon has on climate change will better protect people and the environment."

Award recipients include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Carnegie Mellon University; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of Iowa; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Rutgers University.

More information on the black carbon research projects: www.epa.gov/ncer/blackcarbon

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