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March 2, 2004

Carmichael Addresses International Pollution Conference

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, presented the keynote address at the Dubai International Conference on Atmospheric Pollution held Feb. 21-25 in Dubai.

Carmichael, who also serves as co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research -- a multidisciplinary center composed of 65 faculty members from 22 UI departments -- spoke on, "Megacities and the Globalization of Air Pollution." He told some 100 pollution experts of the environmental growing pains of cities. "Urbanization worldwide is exacerbating air pollution as well as increasing the rates of greenhouse gas emissions. Focusing on health benefits may provide a win-win situation for curbing air pollution and climate," he said.

The conference was held in conjunction with the presentation of the $1 million Zayed International Prize for the Environment, considered the largest and most valuable environmental prize of its kind in the world. This year's award went to the BBC for excellence in environmental news coverage.

Internationally recognized for his study of Asian pollution, Carmichael conducts research into high-speed supercomputing, sensitivity analysis and air pollution control policy to support his air pollution studies. 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.

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