A National Workshop on Agricultural Air Quality, Principal Investigator and Project Scientist - Viney P. Aneja; January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2009 ($394,868)
A 3 –year multi- institutional program to organize a National Workshop on Agricultural Air Quality in collaboration with the Ecological Society of America during FY 2006 in and around Washington DC. The project team is multidisciplinary. It comprises of air quality, agricultural, and environmental scientists. The workshop has the express purpose to create a document that will be used to improve agricultural air quality emission inventories for air pollutants, to recommend changes and improvements in measurement technologies and monitoring methodologies, modeling and transport of odor and air pollutants and recommend best production practices to mitigate air pollutant emissions. Agricultural Air Quality is an important and emerging research topical area with significant multidisciplinary components. Agriculture, forest, and range production practices have increasingly become subject to state and federal regulations that are meant to protect air resources. In many instances, data do not exist or are not representative of agricultural industries for the purpose of estimating emissions to the atmosphere of regulated pollutants or of public nuisances such as odors and fugitive dust.
The workshop will bring together experts from diverse fields related to the multidisciplinary problem of agricultural air quality and develop a synthesis of ideas, technologies, and research and policy relevant data and information. This will be achieved via invited sessions, round table meetings, and peer – reviewed research and review papers.A dedicated issue of an international journal (such as Atmospheric Environment; International Journal of Environmental Pollution; Journal of Environmental Quality; International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology; Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association; Transactions of American Society of Agricultural Engineering). In addition, we will attempt to publish the workshop synthesis and assessment of agricultural air quality in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The summary findings and recommendations from the workshop will be disseminated through Congressional briefings, and to policy makers, agribusinesses, regulators, and concerned citizens through a series of invited and peer presentations, round table panel discussions, fact sheets, news articles, and links to web sites. The project team will work directly with the state and federal agencies such as USDA, US EPA, and North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) that implement regulations to protect air quality. Courses and short courses on agricultural air quality (atmospheric nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and particulate matter) will be based on the findings of the workshop. These courses/short courses will be offered to the stakeholder community, and students as part of the project.