This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey FitzpatrickResearch Recap GI jurassic

It’s summer blockbuster season and you know what that means—get ready for action packed movies about superheroes, robots, and genetically-modified dinosaurs. What does that have to do with this blog? It all starts with science!

Before you head out to see the latest sci-fi flick, check out some EPA science that we’re highlighting this week.

  • Visit a Unique Air Monitoring Bench this Summer

EPA has developed an air-monitoring system that can be incorporated into a park bench. The Village Green bench provides real-time air quality measurements on two air pollutants – ozone and particle pollution – and weather conditions. The data is also streamed to a website and can be obtained at the benches using a smart phone. There are several benches throughout the country that you can visit!

Read more about the project in the blog Visit a Unique Air Monitoring Bench this Summer.

Photo of the Week

EPA scientists use  “mesocosms"

EPA scientists developed innovative ways to use large outdoor “mesocosms” (pictured) that were originally designed for ozone exposure research to explore and model several other issues of concern for the Agency, including:

  • The potential ecological consequences of gene flow from genetically-modified crops to non-agricultural plants.
  • The effects of herbicide drift on plant communities.
  • The potential impacts of escaped non-native grasses and other plants grown for use as biofuels on native plant and soil communities.

If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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