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Project Information

Project Information


Review of the BOEM "Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Study"


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will conduct an independent review of the “Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Study.” The review will provide an overall critique of the study and address the following questions:

  • Does the study meet its stated goals?
  • Does the study accurately reflect the scientific literature? Are there any critical content areas missing from the study?
  • Are the data inputs to modeling analyses reasonable, well documented and adequately supported by existing literature?
  • Are the approaches to quantitative modeling reasonable, well documented and adequately supported by existing literature?
  • Are the findings documented in a consistent, transparent and credible way?
  • Is the study consistent with guidelines in Appendix W of 40 CFR part 51 (USEPA)?

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-18-02

Project Duration (months): 8 month(s)

RSO: Thomas, Katherine C

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 06/27/2019

Armistead G. Russell - (Chair)
Professor Armistead (Ted) Russell is the Howard T. Tellepsen Chair and Regents’ Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, where his research is aimed at better understanding the dynamics of air pollutants at urban and regional scales and assessing their impacts on health and the environment to develop approaches to design strategies to effectively improve air quality. He and his group have conducted air quality modeling, field experiments and data analysis across scales, including policy oriented studies in the Southeastern and Texas regions. His work has led to the development and application of source impact approaches for both ozone and particulate matter. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, conducting his research at Caltech’s Environmental Quality Laboratory. His B.S. is from Washington State University. Dr. Russell was a member of EPA’s Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) and a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He currently serves on the Health Effects Institute’s Energy Committee and previously served on its Report Review Committee. He chaired the CASAC NOx-SOx, Secondary NAAQS review panel, the Ambient Air Monitoring Methods Subcommittee and the Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis’ Air Quality Modeling Subcommittee. He was an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology and co-directed the Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology (SCAPE), which included studies around the Gulf of Mexico. He currently co-directs the NSF-funded Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities network.
Kiran Bhaganagar
Kiran Bhaganagar is an Associate Professor, Program Director, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In the past 15 years Bhaganagar established herself as an expert in the area of turbulent simulations and computational fluid dynamics. Bhaganagar has developed an expertise in the interdisciplinary areas of computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric and environmental flows, sensing technology, aerial drones and chemical gases. In 2017, Dr. Bhaganagar received the American Physics Society Women Physicist Award. She received her Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2001.
Bartholomew E. Croes
Bart Croes is the retired Chief of the Research Division for the California Air Resources Board, with former responsibilities for California’s ambient air quality standard reviews; health, environmental justice, exposure, atmospheric processes, and emissions research; indoor air quality program; short-lived climate pollutant science; and mitigation of high global warming potential gases. He served on the National Academies’ Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, and the Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States, a joint collaboration between the National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Chinese Academy of Sciences. Mr. Croes has been a peer reviewer for the National Academies’, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous journals, and received the Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from the Journal of Geophysical Research. He has published peer-reviewed articles on air quality simulation modeling, emission inventory evaluation, reactivity-based VOC controls, toxic air contaminants, acid deposition, the weekend effect for ozone and PM, air quality data analysis and trends, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change impacts on California. He received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Caltech in 1979.
Joost de Gouw
Joost de Gouw is a Professor in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Joost de Gouw received his Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Joost de Gouw was a research scientist with the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory from 2001 until 2018, at which time he joined The University of Colorado as a faculty member. Joost de Gouw has 20 years of experience studying volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere with a focus on their emissions, chemical transformations, the formation of ozone and secondary organic aerosol, and the implications for air quality and climate. Joost de Gouw participated and led several multi-agency air quality studies. In 2006, he participated in the Texas Air Quality Study, which included the effects of petrochemical industry emissions of highly reactive hydrocarbons and other pollutants, and their role in ozone formation. He was involved with the research conducted during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to quantify the air quality impacts. He participated in and led several studies that were focused on the greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions from oil and gas production in multiple basins in the continental U.S. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Texas Air Quality Research Program.
Robert Yamartino
Robert Yamartino is an internationally recognized expert on the development of specialized air quality models. During his 33 years of professional experience, he has developed and evaluated plume, puff, Lagrangian particle, and Eulerian grid models applicable to a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. He has made modeling contributions on such diverse topics as reactive plumes, surface depletion of plumes, urban ozone, acidic deposition, high-fidelity numerical advection, low wind speed dispersion, concentration fluctuations, hybrid source-receptor analyses, street canyon and garage ventilation, airport air quality, and turbulence statistics. Dr. Yamartino received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1974 from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Physics/Math from Tufts University in 1970.
Qi Ying
Qi Ying joined the Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. Dr. Ying's research focuses on the development of modeling tools to quantify (1) source contributions to gaseous and particulate air pollutants, (2) secondary organic aerosols, and (3) health impacts of air pollution. Dr. Ying’s research is funded by state and federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Dr. Ying is an editor of Aerosol and Air Quality Research. He has published 106 peer-reviewed journal articles which have been cited for ~2675 times. Relevant to this reviewer assignment, Dr. Ying has done extensive research on developing and applying air quality modeling tools to assess source contributions to gaseous and particulate pollutants in various geographical locations, including California and Texas. He has also carried out air quality modeling studies to evaluate the anthropogenic and biogenic emissions in the United States. Dr. Ying has chaired seven doctoral committees, eight master's committees, and served on 38 others. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2004.
Katherine C. Thomas - (Staff Officer)

Events


Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

Call to discuss the committee's draft report. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  mhudson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2583

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

Webinar

  • Presentation on existing emission exemption thresholds and their application to offshore operations (Pietro A Catizone, Woodard & Curran)

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Join meeting: https://nasem.zoom.us/j/558873746

Or Telephone only:

    Dial: 1 669 900 6833 

    Meeting ID: 558 873 746

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ab8kPRKzGm


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  mhudson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2583

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Goals of this meeting were to hear from the BOEM study authors and gain additional context and perspective on the BOEM study report. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Rita Gaskins
Contact Email:  rgaskins@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2597

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ted Russell
Kiran Bhaganagar
Bart Croes
Joose de Gouw
Roberty Yamartino (remote)
Qi Ying (remote)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion of comments about BOEM report, and strategy moving forward relating to a statement of task and draft report for BOEM report review.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

n/a

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 02, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

Committe bias and conflict discussion


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  mhudson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2583

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kiran Bhaganagar
Joost de Gouw
Bart Croes
Ted Russell
Robert Yamartino
Qi Ying

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee bias and conflict discussion

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

n/a

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 01, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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Publications

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