The air quality research of ESSIC / CICS-MD Scientist Chris Loughner was featured on May 26th as the “Image of the Day” on the NASA Earth Observatory website. The modeling study determined the number of high ozone days that would have occurred if NOx emissions had been 2002 levels during July 2011. The results estimated a reduction of three to nine Red/Orange Code days, as shown in the figure below. The post also quoted Loughner:
The benefit of regional emissions reductions for meeting the ozone standard is clear,” said Christopher Loughner, the University of Maryland scientist who led the research.