An Air Quality Model That Is Evolving with the Times

ESSIC Scientist Min Huang is first author on a new article published in Eos, the American Geophysical Union’s science magazine. The article, titled “An Air Quality Model That Is Evolving with the Times”, discusses how the Sulfur Transport and Deposition Model (STEM) continues to find new applications and value in environmental science and policy making.


STEM began development in 1976 and was initially designed to help understand the transport, transformation, and removal processes of atmospheric sulfur and to inform emissions reduction strategies. However, since its creation, STEM has evolved to cover a broader set of key air pollutants, such as ozone and particulate matter. In the article, Huang discusses this broad application of STEM and the importance of maintaining and enhancing the diversity of models available for air quality science.


“It was an incredible experience to produce something very technical in plain language to be educational with AGU,” says Huang.


Huang has almost 20 years of experience in air quality and Earth system modeling across multiple scales. Much of her work involves close integrations of models and observations from various platforms. The air quality model being introduced in this article, which has a long history, is one of the many tools she has used for NASA, NOAA, and EPA funded projects. 


To access the article, click here: “An Air Quality Model That Is Evolving with the Times”.