2015-03-26 / Front Page

NASA scientists discuss Chinese ozone

A graphic printed on conference materials features Yosemite's Half Dome with smog streaming by the monolith. (Transboundary Ozone Pollution Conference | CONTRIBUTED)A graphic printed on conference materials features Yosemite's Half Dome with smog streaming by the monolith. (Transboundary Ozone Pollution Conference | CONTRIBUTED)Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9:15 a.m. - NASA and California air-quality experts are meeting at the county's Tenaya Lodge this week to discuss "transboundary ozone," or air pollution that blows in from Asia.

Director Daniel Jacob of NASA's Air Quality Applied Sciences Team is scheduled to deliver the conference's keynote address this evening. 

"The issue of background ozone requires some deep thinking about where and how you want to control pollution," Jacob said in a press release. "It's exciting to see that (NASA's air-quality) science and research has implications for policy development."

The three-day conference includes specialists from Princeton University, Iowa University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District and other institutions.

Filling beds in the shoulder seasons by bringing meetings and conferences to the county is an oft-stated goal of the local tourism bureau and economic development corporation. 

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