|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
EPA Goal 1: Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
The Earth Observing System AURA is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth Science Enterprise. AURA is a NASA mission to study the Earth's ozone air quality and climate. One of AURA's objectives is to probe the Earth's troposphere.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors six criteria pollutants to make their air quality forecasts. The Aura spacecraft monitors five of the six pollutants: ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO), aerosols, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). Scientists use Aura data to monitor the production and transportation of these pollutants across the globe.
Source(s) of Information
1. NASA: AURA Program
2. NASA: AURA MIssion Operations
Related EPA Program(s)
Research: Air, Climate and Energy:
The Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Research Program promotes innovative, sustainable, and integrated solutions to air pollution and climate change. ACE provides models and tools necessary for policy makers at all levels of community and government to make the best decisions.
ACE’s integrated research supports the Agency’s implementation of the Clean Air Act, especially the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which set limits on how much tropospheric ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and lead are allowed in the atmosphere. The program also evaluates the risks associated with hazardous air pollutants, also known as air toxics. ACE is an active participant in the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the interagency Federal effort to improve scientific understanding of climate change and global change.
Beginning in FY2012, the following Research Programs will be integrated into the Air, Climate and Energy Research Program:
• Clean Air Research
• Global Change Research
• Biofuels Research (w/in the Sustainability Program)
• Mercury Research (within the Human Health and Ecosystems Program)
• Clinger Cohen Act
• Economy Act
• Intergovernmental Cooperation Act