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Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter

Wednesday 09/19/12

Researchers to Study Effects of Extreme Weather on Water, air Quality

Several universities will receive EPA grant money to conduct a series of research projects looking at the possible effects extreme weather events have on air and water quality, according to a news release from the agency.

EPA has awarded about $2.2 million Georgia Tech University, Mississippi State University and the University of South Florida, to conduct four research projects.

The grants were awarded through EPA's Science to Achieve Results program, designed to support human health, ecology, economics and engineering sciences through grants, centers and fellowships.

The grant recipients will look at ways to improve air and water quality following severe heat waves, droughts, storms and other natural disasters.

The projects are among just 14 selected nationally to receive nearly $9 million to research and develop tools to prepare air and water quality management systems for extreme weather.

Georgia Tech received $749,859 for a project led by Dr. Yuhang Wang, who will look at the air quality impacts of extreme weather events.

The project includes analyzing meteorological conditions and pollution concentrations from the past 30 years to determine how extreme weather events affect concentrations of ozone and particulate matter.

"This information will be used to project how a changing future climate may affect extreme weather events and air quality," the news release said.

Mississippi State University will receive $363,258 for a project led by Dr. Jeffery Hatten, to investigate the role of land-use decisions and best-management practices for controlling sediment on water quality in the face of climate change.

"The research team will explore the degree to which extreme storms will decrease the effectiveness of best management practices and change sediment and pollutant transport," according to the news release.

The University of South Florida received two grants, one for $750,000 and another for $374,936.

The larger grant was awarded to the university's college of marine science to support the development of tools to predict future water quality degradation associated with extreme weather events and a changing climate.

The research team that includes the Tampa Bay Estuary Program will create a decision-support system integrating real-time environmental and satellite observations for professionals engaged in coastal planning and development.

The second South Florida grant will be used to develop tools to predict how climatic variability and extremes will affect water quality by altering water-borne disease risk for wildlife and humans.

"Dr. Jason R. Rohr and his colleagues hypothesize that the faster metabolism and smaller size of parasites than their hosts allow them to adapt quickly to temperature shifts and extremes, providing an advantage to parasites," the news release said.

For more information go to, http://www.epa.gov/…

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Posted at 10:02AM CDT 09/19/12 by Todd Neeley
Comments (13)
Jo blow tax payer and American citizen got the bill. Cutbacks in Washington what a joke. I've put in for grant to study rubbing sticks together in the new climate. Results so far have been, sticks got warm and need another grant to give you the answer you want to hear. Toon into Washington for the hot air report.
Posted by Frank Thomas at 5:50PM CDT 09/19/12
No climate change??? Guess you Midwest farmers had a "normal" growing season?? Good the "socialist" government was there to bail you out, your Romney will make you be more "responsible" since you're one of the 47% that are takers! Your rubbing sticks will be handy when you're on the street!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:04AM CDT 09/20/12
Jay, take some green tea and relax. Everything will work out. Other droughts 100 years ago worked out and this one will too. Weather cycles have come and gone for thousands of years. Only the dems and climate gate group can't accept that they can do nothing about it. No matter how much money you spend, at the end of day it will result no more than flactuance in a whirlwind.
Posted by Frank Thomas at 5:27PM CDT 09/20/12
Good one Frank. It might be a good thing these people are wasting the taxpayers money conducting another study. If they actually had to work for a living, I am quite sure they would either hurt themselves or someone else. I conducted a study this morning myself. The harder the wind blows, the more the leaves wiggle. Didn't waste a penny of taxpayers moola.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:37AM CDT 09/21/12
Then why did it take $800 billion of tax payers money and thousands of human lives for Bush to prove there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Seems like if he listened to his daddy he would have saved a lot more then what is in this article!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 4:09PM CDT 09/21/12
Wrong subject Jay
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:57AM CDT 09/22/12
Bonnie and Frank Where do you get your information? Have you not seen the studies from ice cores showing the relationship between atmospheric CO2 and earth temperature? The earth temp difference between the ice age and today was 10 degrees cooler with thousands of years in between. Forecasts from EDUCATED scientists predict a possibility of 10 degrees warmer by the next decade. Don't worry about it!? Because you think it is OK?! No thanks.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:46AM CDT 09/23/12
Don don't go back a 1000 yrs 200 yrs ago they sailed wooden boats through nortwest passage north of Canada trading ships came and went via Hudson Bay I wonder how the Praries have made it through the last 100 yr cold snap
Posted by BILL DENHAM at 5:04PM CDT 09/23/12
There will be more carbon emmitted, wasting taxpayer dollars, to come up with statistics which are already accepted as facts. Where do some of you get your common sense? If humans are so terrible, we should just end it all so the roaches can live in peace.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:48PM CDT 09/23/12
If you believe the earth is over 5,000 years old there was a time when CO2 was greater in the atmosphere and it took billions of years to trap that carbon by plants and animals dying and becoming oil, coal and gas. Thanks to the industrial revolution and human greed we have been very good at releasing this trapped carbon and quickly on our way to returning to prehistoric days! Like Bonnie's comment, we are ending it all for the roaches to live in peace and at a fast pace, seems like the scientists were wrong,,,, its actually faster!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:00AM CDT 09/24/12
I am amazed by the doom and gloom of the political leftys. They bite their finger nails off cause its getting warmer for some unknown time period and nothing they do can control the thermomiter. I hav yet to see results from any scientist that isn't on a government grant. 2 nights ago it froze tens of thousands of acres in MN prematurely. Yep...that was Bush's fault too...(sarc)
Posted by Paul Beiser at 10:21AM CDT 09/24/12
When one loses the argument with oneself, Jay, it is time to seek professional assisstance.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:27PM CDT 09/24/12
What response would I expect from tea people, the party of dirty air and water that supports corporations rights to do whatever they want to make money and pay no taxes!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:32AM CDT 09/27/12
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