Housed in the MEAS/PAMS, the Air Quality Forecasting Lab at North Carolina State University was established in 2003 to develop and apply state-of-the-science numerical models to simulate human-induced air pollution and its impact on human health, climate, ecological environment and society. Our research spans urban to global, expands from air quality to human health/climate change and covers retrospective and forecasting applications. All these components are inter-correlated and must be studied through an interdisciplinary research program that combines all aspects of air pollution including its scientific, societal, economic and political issues and that integrates field, laboratory, modeling, and policy analysis on multiple air pollutants at multiple scales. Our goals are to:
- Develop and improve integrated air quality modeling system that can simulate the sources, evolution and human/environmental impacts of air pollutants at all scales.
- Enhance scientific understanding of air pollution and provide valuable information for the development of optimal emission control strategies.
- Provide educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to develop the abilities and skills to solve the most urgent environmental problems.
- Promote interactions and collaborations among industry, governmental and academia to study air quality and its interactions with other elements.