Desert Air Quality Program Analysis

Failing to meet the national ambient air quality standards for both carbon monoxide and particulate matter, Las Vegas has embarked on a course of action to identify and better understand air pollution problems in its metropolitan area, and develop an effective air pollution control strategy for the region. This project continues to support the Desert Research Institute research activities, focusing on specific air pollution problems in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The project objective is to develop and test a new remote sensing device that accurately estimates particulate emissions from motor vehicles, and will quantify the contributions of ozone precursor and small particulate emissions from sources outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The research will extend the technology to particulate matter by adapting laser technology to measure particulate concentration in plumes that trail each vehicle. The study scope includes onroad exhaust measurements, emissions modeling, upper air meteorological measurements, and air quality modeling. In addition, it will quantify the contribution of ozone precursor and small particulate emissions from sources outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area by deploying Doppler solar remote wind sensors to measure upper air wind parameters for a six month period. This is a congressionally directed project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $777486.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wilder, Charlene

  • Performing Organizations:

    Desert Research Institute

    2215 Raggio Parkway
    Reno, NV  United States  89512
  • Principal Investigators:

    Watson, John

  • Start Date: 20010900
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20040600
  • Source Data: RiP Project 7275

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459334
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-NV-26-7003.02
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:01PM