Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Webinar Series: Black Carbon

Monday, Nov. 7, 12 – 1:30 p.m. EST
Monday, Nov. 21, 12 – 1 p.m. EST
Friday, Dec. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m. EST

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Black carbon is the sooty material emitted from combustion processes, and it can affect human health and the climate. Its role in the atmosphere is broad and complex. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) STAR program awarded ten grants to universities and organizations to address Black Carbon’s Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality. Grantees focused on various black carbon research issues, such as better accounting for emissions and uncertainty, tracking how black carbon “ages” or reacts in the atmosphere, and better representing its ability to impact cloud droplet formation.? Highlights from the research findings will be summarized in this webinar series.

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Featured Speakers

Monday, Nov. 7: Accounting for impact, emissions, and uncertainty
These talks will discuss new research on black carbon behavior, how fuel type and cookstove use changes emissions in developing areas, and how black carbon deposition on snow affects climate.

  • Tami Bond, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Linking Regional Aerosol Emission Changes with Multiple Impact Measures through Direct and Cloud-Related Forcing Estimates
  • Rufus Edwards, University of California – Irvine
    Characterization Of Emissions From Small, Variable Solid Fuel Combustion Sources For Determining Global Emissions And Climate Impact
  • Sarah Doherty, University of Washington
    BC and Other Light-Absorbing Impurities in North American Great Plains Snow: Sources, Impacts, and a Comparison with North China Snow

Monday, Nov. 21: Interactions with water
A particle’s role in both cloud formation and lung deposition is affected by its interaction with water. These talks will discuss advances in research regarding black carbon water uptake.

  • Akua Asa-Awuku, University of California – Riverside
    Understanding the Hygroscopic Properties of Black Carbon/Organic Carbon Mixing States: Connecting Climate and Health Impacts of Anthropogenic Aerosol
  • Annmarie Carlton, Rutgers University
    Improved Prediction of the Vertical Profile of Atmospheric Black Carbon: Development and Evaluation of WRF-CMAQ

Friday, Dec. 9: Representation at different geographical scales
These researchers worked to improve black carbon representation in global, regional, and point-level models.

  • Jesse Kroll and Collette Heald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Investigating the Effects Of Atmospheric Aging on the Radiative Properties and Climate Impacts of Black Carbon Aerosol
  • Scott Spak, University of Iowa
    Constraining Urban-To-Global Scale Estimates of Black Carbon Distributions, Sources, Regional Climate Impacts, and Co-Benefit Metrics with Advanced Coupled Dynamic – Chemical Transport Adjoint Models
  • James Schauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Development of a Quantitative Accounting Framework for Black Carbon and Brown Carbon from Emissions Inventory to Impacts


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