Research at CACE
Since its establishment, the center has engaged broad inter-college scientific collaborations (Geosciences, Science, and Engineering) with policy research (Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (ISTPP), Bush School). The research accomplishments of the center include establishing multi-use observing facility for applications atmospheric chemistry/air quality field campaigns, enhancing inter-departmental and inter-collegial faculty research that would have not been possible otherwise, and forging national and international collaborations and activities. The Center has established substantial infrastructure in its capability for air quality monitoring and modeling and its affiliated faculty members have participated broadly in air quality field studies in Texas and worldwide. Those include the 2006 Texas Air Quality Study (TexAQS II), the Study of Houston Atmospheric Radical Precursors/Surface-induced Oxidation of Organics in the Troposphere (SHARP/SOOT) field campaigns, the 2006 the Megacity Initiative – Local and Global Research Observations (MILAGRO) field campaign in Mexico City, the 2010 air quality study at U.S. – Mexico border, and several field studies in China during the 2008 summer Olympic Games (CAREBeijing-08) and the Program of Regional Integrated Experiments of Air Quality in the Pearl River Delta (PRIDE-PRD). In particular, the atmospheric chemistry field studies in Texas, funded by EPA and the Texas Environmental Research Consortium (TERC), have advanced understanding of rapid ozone production, the atmospheric budget of free radicals, multi-phase chemical processes, and the formation and transformation of PM in Texas, all of which are essential to development of the State Implementation Plan (SIP).