89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Monday, 12 January 2009: 4:45 PM
Air quality course for science teachers at the University of Northern Iowa
Room 125B (Phoenix Convention Center)
Alan C. Czarnetzki, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Poster PDF (21.2 kB)
The Science center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology at the University of Northern Iowa (The STORM Project) has sponsored a one-week course on air quality for science teachers during each of the past 3 summers. The target audience has been middle and high school science teachers. Topics covered have included the National Ambient Air Quality Standards; sampling and analysis of gases, particulates, and odors; the Clean Air Act; the planetary boundary layer; components of dispersion; and modeling of pollution dispersion. Modeling tools have included the Gaussian plume model, the box model, and gradient transport techniques. Operational dispersion models explored during the course included CAMEO, HYSPLIT, and AERMOD. All course participants have developed classroom activities on air quality that will be refined and field tested for eventual dissemination to educators nationwide. The course will be offered again during the summer of 2009. The STORM Project has been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 2000.

Supplementary URL: http://www.uni.edu/storm/saqse/