- Center For Environmental Sciences
Here are some examples of research projects that are relevant to CES's educational goals:
NASA's SouthEast American Consortium for Intensive Ozonesonde Network Study (SEACIONS) launched data collection balloons from locations around the U.S. in 2013. One of the launch sites was the Saint Louis Science Center's McDonnell Planetarium, where the effort was led by a team from Saint Louis University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. More information, including the data collected, can be found here.
An ozonesonde balloon launch in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu's group, based out of Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability, studies the impacts of climate change, land cover, and land use on water resources and agriculture. One of their focus areas is the identification of ozone damage and water stress in plants using remote sensing and GIS, for use in precision agriculture. Using satellites and airplanes their research monitors soybean varieties with varying levels of susceptibility and tolerance to tropospheric ozone. Read more about their work here.
Soybeans in one of CES's ozone gardens, ozone-tolerant (left of arrow) and ozone-sensitive.
Jason Welsh, a graduate student in Saint Louis University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is studying high and low ozone levels from the years 1980-2012 around St. Louis, MO. His results point to a phenomena of "dirty air getting cleaner and clean air getting dirtier" in the case of ground-level ozone pollution. Below, and here, is a poster from 2014 describing his work