Air Quality Monitoring and Ocean Acidification Monitoring

Air Quality Monitoring and Ocean Acidification Monitoring

Every Tuesday, I drive up to Blym to switch out the filters at the air quality monitoring station. Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing and enforcing national air quality standards for common air pollutants such as particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, lead, and ground-level ozone (smog). The law also addresses issues related to vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. I’m happy to be part of this process which is instrumental in improving air quality across the United States over the years and has led to significant reductions in harmful air pollutants, thereby safeguarding the health and well-being of the American people and the environment. 

Here is a photo of one of the weather stations:

Furthermore, I occasionally go to the coast to assist in the ongoing ocean acidification monitoring study. Basically, every three months or so, we go out to different areas of the coast where the sensors are located in order to replace them with new ones right before the batteries die. It’s important to time these expeditions correctly because these places are only accessible during the low tides. The photo below was taken at the famous Rialto Beach at sunset!

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