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Black Carbon Modeling

Models developed by EPA researchers simulate black carbon, as well as other particles, in the atmosphere and are used to examine possible scenarios of future air pollution.

One such model developed by EPA is called the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model. It uses fundamental emission data, including that of black carbon, and atmospheric chemistry reactions to describe air pollution within the continental U.S. It provides information similar to a weather forecast map.

Another model developed by EPA, called GLIMPSE, simulates every continent's air quality to study climate change. It enables scientists to look at ways to reduce air pollutants, including black carbon emissions, within each continent and across continental boundaries with the goal to minimize both climate change and public health impacts.

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