North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone

Project Description
The NSTC's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR)
identified ground-level ozone as an initiative in 1995. A
signing ceremony for the charter of the North American Research
Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO) was held at the White
House in February of that year. The establishment of NARSTO is a
direct response to the identification by the National Research
Council (NRC) of the need for a better fundamental understanding
of urban and regional ozone and its call for a coordinated
national program.

NARSTO is a unique public/private partnership whose membership
spans government, industry, the utilities, and academia
throughout North America, including Mexico and Canada. Its
primary mission is to coordinate and enhance policy-relevant
scientific research and assessment of tropospheric ozone
behavior, with the central goal of providing the information
needed for workable, efficient, and effective strategies and
policies for local and regional ozone management. NARSTO
provides cross-organization planning to set a prioritized
research agenda and determine the most effective strategy for
scientific investigation, coordinates member investments where
they voluntarily take responsibility for all needed research
activity, and conducts periodic assessments of scientific
advances and progress toward fulfilling its goal. NARSTO
sponsored field campaigns have already been completed int eh
summers of both 1995 and 1996 by the Southern Oxidants
Study. NARSTO-North East (NE), and NARS! TO-NE coordinating
with NARSTO-Canada East.

In addition to coordinating funding for field research, NARSTO
is currently preparing a State-of-Science Assessment that will
comprehensively review advances in the chemical, physical, and
meteorological science of tropospheric ozone. Throughout 1997,
seventeen critical review papers will be prepared by experts in
the relevant research areas. These will be presented at a NARSTO
Science Symposium to be held in November 1997 and will also
appear in a special issue of an air quality scientific
journal. The Assessment Report, which will synthesize the review
papers, is scheduled for completion by the end of December
1998. It will address how recent scientific progress can be used
to develop improved options for ozone management.

U. S. Federal agencies participating in NARSTO include the
Departments of Agriculture, Commerce (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration), Energy (Office of Energy
Research), the Interior, and Transportation, as well as
independent agencies, such as the Environmental Protection
Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Tennessee Valley
Authority.

These agencies combine efforts with those of the air quality
departments of several State governments, as well as private
companies, to perform cooperative research and analysis of
pertinent facets of the ozone management issue. Private sector
participants include over 30 utilities, automotive, chemical,
and other companies. In addition, numerous universities and
private sector research organizations are NARSTO partners.

Contact Organization:

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President
(202) 456-6020
FAX (202) 456-6019

For more information, link to
http://clinton3.nara.gov/WH/EOP/OSTP/Environment/html/fac_trop_oz.html

[Summary provided by Office of Science and Technology Policy]