Indiana University to continue Great Lakes air quality study

By on January 16, 2015

Great Lakes from space (Credit: SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is continuing support for a monitoring program at Indiana University that tracks air quality in the Great Lakes, according to a release from the school. The program oversees stations on each of the five lakes, as well as urban stations in Chicago and Cleveland.

A $6 million grant will support the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network’s continued operation. For the project, air samples are taken every 12 days and the resulting dataset provides scientists with insights into long-term trends of chemical deposition through air in the Great Lakes basin.

“We’re pleased that the EPA is continuing the grant because a few measurements over a few months don’t tell you much,” said Ronald Hites, professor of public and environmental affairs, in a statement. “For this project to be effective, we have to do the measurements over a long time period.”

Top image: Satellite image of the Great Lakes from space (Credit: SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.)

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