In an effort to identify why the northeastern United States has some of the worst air quality in the country, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) largest research vessel, Ronald H. Brown, will be based in New England waters this summer to monitor air pollutants and how they travel through the region.
The month-long New England Air Quality Study (NEAQS), partially initiated by the NOAA-funded Atmospheric Investigation, Regional Modeling, Analysis and Prediction (AIRMAP) project headquartered at the University of New Hampshire, involves more than 20 partner institutions. In addition to the heavily instrumented ship, a G-1 Gulfstream research aircraft operated by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will also collect data with instruments developed at both PNNL andDOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The New England Air Quality Study Campaign Web Page.
To learn more about AIRMAP's role in NEAQS download this pdf file.