Air Science

Sound, credible science is the foundation for collaborative air resource management. The National Park Service (NPS) uses science to:

  • Identify potential air pollution stressors on park resources.
  • Evaluate whether those stressors may lead to damage.
  • Analyze the sources of pollutants causing stressors.
  • Collaborate to reduce those air pollutants.

The NPS supports and/or collaborates with government agencies and university researchers nationwide to gather peer-reviewed scientific information through long-term monitoring programs, studies and experiments, effects analyses and assessments, and modeling. Extensive long-term monitoring and research projects within park areas has been essential for initiating and supporting regulatory actions that help protect park resources.

Last updated: October 19, 2019


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