Inland Air-Quality Impacts from Urbanization of the Israeli-Gaza Mediterranean Coast

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DAS Gertler, Alan W 12/01/2006 - 12/31/2011 Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

Project Description

The overall goal of the current MERC transboundary air-pollutant transport project is to gen-erate information required by government planning agencies in the Palestinian Territories and Israel for integration into regional planning processes. These processes would involve (socially and environ-mentally) sustainable developments of future urbanization and industrialization areas, so as to reduce regional ozone impacts from existing and new pollution sources. The overall objective of the current proposal is extension of the existing study to include Jordan. Technical objectives include: ? Selection and installation of a new air-quality monitoring station in Jordan ? Execution of joint short-term intensive field campaigns along both the northern and southern Jordan-Israel border ? Compilation of anthropogenic and natural emission-inventories ? Application of appropriate regional meteorological models to gain increased understanding of met phenomena associated with current levels of regional urbanization ? Simulation of current regional air quality patterns by use of photochemical models ? Simulation of future regional air quality patterns by use of photochemical simulation. The overall objective of the project effort is to generate the information required by government de-velopment planning agencies in Israel and Jordan to develop strategies for the socially and environ-menttally sustainable development of their coastal areas. The team is composed of experts in the following areas: meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, pollutant emissions, and land use/GIS. A complete literature review of all previous air quality work (observational and modeling) carried out in the Middle East will be updated (from that done in the current project), so that all previous local knowledge and experience will be available to project scientists. In addition, a complete literature review of the most advanced current research (observational and modeling) will also be carried out, so that project personnel will access to the latest and best technology.