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Quansong Tong

Research Associate (STEP 2003-2006)

My research at Princeton focuses on assessing the impact of air pollutant damages on human health and economy, over continental United States at first, with a potential to extend the research horizon to other nations of the world. Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental damages that industrial processes impose on society. The existing levels of air pollution continue to cause substantial morbidity and mortality in the US population. Air pollution and the resulting acid rain also lead to other damages such as loss of visibility, material damage, ecosystem damage, and defacement of public structures. My research will carefully measure the potential damages of air pollution in the United States so that pollution damages can be included in the national accounts, since the pollution damages are an additional cost to society that should be subtracted from net national products (e.g. GDP).

Incorporating with Prof. Robert Mendolson and his group in Yale, Prof. Denise Mauzerall and I are developing an integrated assessment modeling system at Princeton to construct the environmental accounting for air pollution. This model provides interfaces to and hooks up emission processing model, meteorology model, chemistry and transport model, health assessment tools, and economics model. Such a comprehensive assessment platform aims to bridge various previously isolated scientific communities and the end-users, and is expected to assist regulators in identifying how much damages each industry or source and each pollutant is causing.

Publications:

Tong, Q., Arya, S.P., Aneja, V.P., and Ray, J., "On the Surface High-ozone Events in the Rural Southeast United States National Parks: Long-term Trend and Case Study," in preparation, 2003.

Wang, B., Aneja, V.P., and Tong, Q., “Measurements and Modeling of Speciated Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in North Carolina," in preparation, 2003.

Wang, B., Aneja, V.P., and Tong, Q., “Characterization of Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in the Southeast United States," Atmospheric Environment, in review, 2003.

Baek, B. H., Aneja, V.P., and Tong, Q, “Chemical Coupling between Ammonia, Acid Gases, and Fine Particles,” Environmental Pollution, in press, 2003.

Tong, Q., Kang, D., Aneja, V.P., and Ray, J., “Reactive Nitrogen Oxides in Southeast United States National Parks: Source Identification, Origin, and Process Budget,” Atmospheric Environment, in review, 2003.

Tong, Q., Aneja, V., and Ray, J., “Trace Gases and Ozone Nonattainments in the Southeast United States National Parks,” Atmospheric Environment, in review, 2003.

Aneja, V., Agarwal, A, Roelle, P, Phillips, S, Tong, Q., Watkins, N., and Yablonsky R., “Measurements and Analysis of Criteria Pollutants in New Delhi, India,” Environment International, 27, pp35-42, 2001.

Aneja, V., B. Malik, Tong, Q., Kang, D., and Overton, J., “Measurement and Modeling of Ammonia Emissions at Waste Treatment Lagoon-Atmospheric Interface,” Journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution, vol. 1, pp177-188, 2001.

Quansong Tong