Summary of the Harbor Communities
Monitoring Study (HCMS) (Wilmington, California, 2007)
This page updated March 23, 2010
Chair’s Air Pollution Seminar
Monday, April 26,
Summary of the Harbor
Eric Fujita, D. Env.
summarizes various measurements and findings by three different
research groups that coordinated efforts during a field study of air
quality in communities near the Ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles (Wilmington Area). This port complex is the nation’s busiest, handling
over 15 million container units per year. The movement of
goods to and from the ports is a major pollutant source in the area
that includes refineries and other sources of pollution. The
multi-pronged Harbor Communities Study was conducted (primarily during
2007) to provide additional insights into the magnitudes and variations
in pollutant concentrations that might not be adequately captured by
the air quality monitoring site historical used to represent air
quality in the area.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Air Resources Board (ARB) staff instrumented an electric vehicle with rapid response analyzers to better characterize variations in air quality on prescribed routes (included freeways, arterial roadways, and residential streets) throughout the community. The Desert Research Institute used non-standard samplers (i.e., passive samplers and mini-volume samplers) at over 20 fixed locations to better characterize the spatial and temporal variations of criteria, toxic, and other pollutants in the community. The University of Southern California (USC) used particle counters at over a dozen fixed locations to better characterize the spatial and temporal variations of condensation particles throughout the community. UCLA and USC both conducted additional related studies. UCLA conducted vehicle counts and a time-activity survey in the Harbor Communities and also investigated air quality near a municipal airport and near a freeway during pre-sunrise hours. USC conducted a complementary assessment of condensation particles in the Riverside area with significant secondary formation of particles from gaseous precursors. USC and ARB staff also participated in a brief study investigating the impact of freeway sound walls.
Your email questions will be addressed during the various "Question & Comment" periods of the seminar. (Check times and listings.) See: Agenda
Eric Fujita, D.Env., is a research professor associated with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno and is affiliated with the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Dr. Fujita has over 27 years of experience in managing and conducting air quality studies. His research interests include chemical characterization of emission sources, reconciliation of emission inventory estimates for VOC and PM with ambient measurements, and measurement and characterization of exposure to toxic air contaminants. Dr. Fujita’s research interests include ambient air and source sampling, chemical and physical analysis, emissions inventory, modeling and impact assessment, and quality assurance. Current research includes quantifying the relative contribution of gasoline and diesel exhaust to ambient PM and measuring air toxic exposures from mobile sources. Prior to working for DRI, Dr. Fujita was an Air Pollution Research Specialist for the Research Division of the California Air Resources Board where he initiated and managed extramural research in emission inventory development, air quality measurements, and atmospheric processes.
Constantinos (Costas) Sioutas,
Sc.D., is currently the first holder of
the Fred Champion Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering
at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Co-Director and
Co-Principal Investigator of the Southern California Particle Center
and Supersite (SCPCS). It is the largest research program in
the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s history, aimed to define
and understand environmental and health effects of combustion-generated
airborne particulate matter.
Arthur M. Winer, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of
Environmental Health Sciences in UCLA’s School of Public Health, and a
core faculty member in the UCLA Environmental Science and Engineering
Program, of which he was the Director between 1989 and 1997.
Dr. Winer is an atmospheric chemist who has published more than 200
peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of
atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and exposure assessment topics
over the past thirty-eight years.
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