Air Quality Links
Listed below are links to web pages that are resources for students
examining air quality topics, especially on ozone (O3), volatile organic
hydrocarbons (VOCs), VOCs such as isoprene, and on urban heat islands.
One of the best resources for students and teachers alike are the pages
on air quality and climate under the Horizons Workshop umbrella
of Dr. Linda George at Portland State University: http://www.horizons.pdx.edu/~horizons/index1.html.
Horizons workshops introduce teachers and students to climate and atmospheric
processes and issues. Faculty, teacher, and student work is housed
under the "Research" and the "Education" sidebar links.
Air Quality and the Atmosphere:
Atmospheric Photochemistry: The formation of Tropospheric Ozone from
VOCs and NOx. Dr. Harvey Jeffries (University of North Carolina)
has made a a slide presentation of the formation of ozone available for
download at this site.edited by Hanwant B. Singh. This pdf file (which
required the free Acrobat Reader program to read) has an excellent explanation
of atmospheric processes involving ozone, including the involvement of
different organic, hydroxyl, and peroxyl radicals.
Volatile Organic Hydrocarbons:
Urban Heat Island:
Isoprenes and related hydrocarbons:
Heat Island Group homepage. From the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Environmental Energy Technologies Division (http://eetd.lbl.gov/).
This site has full background pages on Air Quality, High Temperatures,
Cool Roofs, Cool Pavements, Vegetations, and Energy Use related to Urban
Heat Island temperatures.
Painting the Town White-and Green Results and information origianlly published
in the MIT Technology Review (February/March 1997) from the Heat
Island Group. It specifically studies what things a city could do
to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect, such as the color of buildings
and roof tops.
Vernier sells probeware and software designed for use by students.
http://www.paxana.com/ PAX Analytics
makes ACCESS Environmental Monitoring Systems in use for qir quality monitoring
at several Eaastern school examining air quality. A commercial site.
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