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.