Jay Olaguer was the lead author of a recently accepted paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, entitled “Overview of the SHARP campaign: motivation, design, and major outcomes.”
The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study
The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study is a field study of exposure to and source attribution of the air toxics: benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes (BTEX), as well as other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as formaldehyde and 1,3-butadiene. The study will be conducted in 2015 in the Houston Ship Channel where intense industrial sources of BTEX and other HAPs are located in close proximity to residential neighborhoods.
The goals of this study are to facilitate the establishment of cost‐effective, state‐of‐the‐art neighborhood‐scale monitoring networks in the Houston Ship Channel and other potential areas of high toxic emissions around the country, the improvement of emission inventories, the conduct of epidemiological studies for air toxics, and ultimately the enforcement of regulations.
To learn more about The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study, please visit http://maps.harc.edu/beetex/
Research Associate, Engine and Emissions Control
Jay Olaguer invited to present "Impacts of Oil and Gas Industry Emissions on Atmospheric Chemistry" at the American Meteorological Society conference.
HARC Research Scientist, Eduardo (Jay) Olaguer, Program Director, Air Quality Science, will perform work on modeling and measurements in support of the Uinta Basin Ozone Study.
With $3 million in new federal funding, air quality specialists at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) will refine sophisticated methods they have been developing to help understand and improve air quality.
HARC is developing a detailed particulate matter (PM) 2.5 emissions inventory for Harris County, Texas. PM is a type pollution composed of a complex mixture of extremely small particles. The size of particles is linked to their potential for causing health-related problems.
The oil and gas industry is adopting technologies for cleaner generators and the application of emission controls on diesel engines. Members of the industry are also switching from diesel engines to engines that operate on cleaner natural gas.
Methane is a prevalent greenhouse gas. HARC is working with to review the EPA modeling approach, compile data regarding the sampled production sites, and investigate estimated site emissions.
HARC's Dr. Eduardo (Jay) Olaguer of HARC developed a microscale 3D Eulerian air quality model for the interpretation of real-time monitoring data collected during the Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE-TEX) field study.