West quoted from UNC Communications

The new NASA team aims to make modern atmospheric science more useful for air pollution and public health managers by engaging more directly with decision-makers. In particular, the team will use NASA satellite observations and models of the Earth to support decision making for air quality and health.

“I am excited by this opportunity,” said West, “not only to conduct studies that will have an influence on environmental and public health policies, but also to better understand how to improve engagement with decision makers in future projects.”

Over the past decade, West has used atmospheric science and modeling to drive health impact and quantitative policy analyses, connecting air pollution, climate change and energy with human health and policy. He was the first to use a global atmospheric model in a health impact analysis, and his research group was first to use a single global model – and later, a model ensemble – to estimate the global health burden of ambient air pollution.

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