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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

STAR Grants to Support Research on the Impacts of Global Climate Change

EPA awarded 14 grants, totaling more than $8 million, to support research into ways to provide the information and tools needed for effective air and water quality management during anticipated increases in extreme events such as large storms and severe droughts.

The Agency-supported research focuses on understanding the hazards of extreme events and to establish ways for experts and stakeholders—such as climate scientists, impact assessment modelers, and air and water quality managers—to address water and air quality challenges and increase community resiliency in the face of extreme weather events and natural disasters.

Summary of STAR Grants for Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate

Recipients Research Project Amount Awarded
Oregon State University Prediction and quantification of Combined Sewer Outflows under extreme storm events: Flow dynamics and Reduction of Combined Sewer Outflows $265,528
Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Air Quality Impacts of Extreme Weather Events: Historical Analysis and Future Projection $749,859
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colorado State University, North Carolina State University Using Advanced Statistical Techniques to Identify the Drivers and Occurrence of Historical and Future Extreme Air Quality Events in the United States from Observations and Models $749,931
University of South Florida Early Career: The hazards of Extreme Climatic Events: Predicting Impacts $374,936
Michigan Technological University, University of Louisville Impacts of Climate-induced Changes in Extreme Events on Ozone and Particulate Matter Air Quality $374,960
University of Texas at Austin Response of Regional Air Quality to Severe Drought $750,000
Mississippi State University Role of land use and BMPs in reducing the effect of extreme magnitude events on sediment and pollutant transport in the SE US Coastal Plain and Mississippi Alluvial Valley $363,258
Public Policy Institute of California, Climate Central Integrating Information from Climate Scientists and Resource Managers: Informing Preparedness and Adaptation to Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality in California $710,529
Cornell University, National Center for Atmospheric Research Extreme Air Quality Events Using a Hierarchy of Models: Present and Future $746,825
Ohio State University - Main Campus Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Lake Erie: Quantifying Extreme Weather Impacts on Cyanobacteria and Disinfection Byproducts (DPBs)  
University of South Florida Ecological Assessment of Generalized Littoral Environments Decision-Support System (EAGLE/OS) $734,122
University of Washington Prediction of Effects of Changing Precipitation Extremes on Urban Water Quality $699,905
Michigan State University Forecasting and Evaluating Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change, Extreme Events, and Algal Blooms $750,000
Columbia University in the City of New York Combining Empirical Orthogonal Function and Extreme Value Theory Methods to Characterize Observed and Future Changes in Extreme U.S. Air Pollution Events $749,951
    Total: $8,019,534

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