CES is fortunate to be part of the Cleaner, Greener Granite City project. A group of residents working through the United Congregations of the Metro East (UMC) received an EPA Environmental Justice grant award to fund air pollution education in Granite City, IL. The funding helped install the Ozone Garden with monitoring equipment at the fire station in west Granite City. They also brought the EPA's Air Quality Flag Program to Granite City schools and community buildings.
Students working in the Granite City Ozone Garden in September 2016.
We are happy to announce CES and the Missouri Botanical Garden have received an EPA Region 7 Environmental Education Grant!
Beginning in January 2016, this grant will fund an expansion of the ozone garden concepts with the construction of an indoor "ozone chamber" and related educational activities. Check our News and Events page for updates.
Bean plants in the prototype "On the Go" Ozone Chamber in summer 2016.
Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu's laboratory, 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.
Dr. Wulamu's group studying ozone-sensitive and ozone-tolerant soybeans at the Saint Louis Science Center's Ozone Garden.
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 at the SEACIONS website.
An ozonesonde balloon launch in St. Louis, MO.
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. Here is a poster from 2014 describing his work.