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Public Health Air Surveillance Evaluation Review WorkShop


August 26, 2006

On August 30, 2005, a workshop will be held in Research Triangle Park, NC to review the Public Health Air Surveillance Evaluation (PHASE) Study. PHASE will be examining the linkages between air quality and human health. It currently involves the Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), EPA, NOAA/OAR/ASMD, and the states of Maine, New York, and Wisconsin. PHASE uses ASMD’s Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system to provide maps of daily maximum ozone concentrations on a twelve-kilometer grid resolution by fusing observations with modeled concentrations.

Dr. S.T. Rao (OAR/ASMD) and Dr. Gregory Mandt (NWS/OST) will discuss the available NOAA products that can be used by CDC and the states in the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Program. The workshop will make recommendations for future collaboration among CDC, EPA, NOAA, and the states, including the use of air quality forecasts to better characterize the relationships between ozone air quality and human health.

This is another example of the many NOAA partnership activities, commensurate with the NOAA mission and strategic plan, that benefits both the agencies involved and society as a whole.

Contact information: S. T. Rao
Phone: (919) 541-4542