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July 2, 2004

Carmichael Receives $770,000 In Grants For Air Pollution Studies

Gregory R. Carmichael, associate dean for research and graduate studies and Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has received $770,000 in new federal grants and an appointment to a Texas environmental organization, all related to his leadership in atmospheric pollution research.

Carmichael -- internationally recognized for his study of Asian pollution and related research into high-speed supercomputing, sensitivity analysis and air pollution control policy - received:

--A $220,000 NASA grant to help improve pollution emission estimates in Asia using satellite data.

--A $240,000 NASA project grant to estimate the impact of Asian aerosols on climate.

--A $220,000 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) project grant related to help establish Asian Brown Cloud (ABC) observatories.

--A $90,000 NASA project grant to provide chemical weather forecasts in support of a major field experiment this summer called ICARTT/INTEX. The experiment will involve more than 10 aircraft and will focus, in part, on the Midwest and the northeastern United States. Individuals interested in viewing chemical weather forecasts for various geographical regions should visit the Web site: http://nas.cgrer.uiowa.edu/ICARTT/icartt-2k4.html.

In addition, he has been named to the Science Advisory Board of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium (TERC), managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center. Established in 2002, TERC helps policymakers and regulatory agencies better understand ozone science and air modeling issues along the East Texas Gulf Coast Region through directed research and applied science projects.

Carmichael also co-directs the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, a multidisciplinary center composed of 65 faculty members from 22 UI departments. His three-dimensional atmospheric chemistry model currently is used to quantify the regional and global fate and impact of man-made chemicals released into the atmosphere.

In 2002, he received a five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to use information technology to develop pollution "weather forecasts" and expand the frontiers of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution science. The grant will also be used to integrate information technology research advances into science and engineering in order to inspire new insights into environmental protection.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.