Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
Data Center Description
Atmospheric chemistry has been a strength at GSO for many years, beginning with pioneering work in the late 1960's on trace elements in the marine environment. The Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, established in 1981, has subsequently grown to include research on such diverse topics as atmospheric oxidants, mechanisms by which clouds scavenge aerosols and gases, long range atmospheric transport to marine and continental areas, deposition to oceans and continents, Arctic haze, tracer systems for large-scale air pollution, and atmospheric pollution of freshwaters.
The faculty and Students in CACS are part of the marine chemistry curricular group at GSO, and their efforts are directed primarily at graduate education and research. However, some of the faculty also participates in teaching undergraduate courses in oceanography. Most research at CACS is funded by the government through competitive proposals and deals with basic environmental problems. Agencies such as NSF, EPA, NOAA, DOE, ONR, and NASA have supported CACS researchers, as have state agencies such as DEM and private concerns such as the Electric Power Research Institute.