Rice to host NASA air-quality meeting


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Mike Williams

Rice to host NASA air-quality meeting

Early results of aerial monitoring of Houston pollution will be discussed 

HOUSTON – (Jan. 9, 2014) – Rice University will host the sixth semiannual meeting of NASA’s Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (AQAST) Jan. 15-17.

The meeting will focus on NASA’s continuing efforts to monitor the nation’s air quality and will include early results from the DISCOVER-AQ mission, in which low- and high-flying aircraft analyzed air quality at different altitudes last September to improve the ability of satellites to monitor surface air quality. It incorporated data from an ongoing study by Rice and the University of Houston to evaluate how and where airborne particulate matter affects the health of Houstonians. Rob Griffin, a Rice professor of civil and environmental engineering, is leading the study.

Daniel Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice, is the local host of the meeting, which will bring together AQAST members, air-quality managers and research and applications partners to share information about pressing issues.

An agenda and registration information are available at the AQAST website.

Who:               Atmospheric scientists, air-quality managers and research and applications partners.

What:             The sixth semiannual meeting of NASA’s Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.

When:            Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where:           Farnsworth Pavilion at Rice University’s Rice Memorial Center, 6100 Main St.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Mike Williams in News and Media Relations at mikewilliams@rice.edu or 713-348-6728.


Details are available at http://www.aqast.org

Read the NASA press release at http://www.aqast-media.org/#!aqast6-meeting/c980

This media advisory can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.

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About Mike Williams

Mike Williams is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.