Projects

assessment of remote airborne monitoring to control sulfur emissions from ocean-going vessels

Assessment of remote airborne monitoring to control sulfur emissions from ocean-going vessels

The  transportation industry depends heavily on petroleum fuels. While stringent legislation and alternative energy sources are slowly driving a departure from oil usage on land, ocean-going vessels (OGVs), or ships, remain heavily dependent on petroleum derived products. Unfortunately, the continued reliance on fossil fuels has human health consequences. Exposure to sulfur-rich emissions from oil combustion...

impacts of oil and gas development on native communities in new mexico

Impacts of oil and gas development on native communities in New Mexico

The Greater Chaco Region of Northwest New Mexico, loosely defined as an 8,000 mi2 area around Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in the northwest corner of New Mexico, has been home to the rich cultures of many Indigenous Nations for thousands of years. The area, recognized as a World Heritage Site, is currently home to...

novel approaches and policies for sustainable transportation

Novel approaches and policies for sustainable transportation

By 2050, the phrase “the motor of the economy” might be more apt than “the engine of the economy.” For now, however, the conventional wisdom[1] on electric vehicles is that batteries are costly, people worry about running out of charge during occasional long trips, and that they are naturally impractical for regular heavy users such...

women in the blue economy

Women in the blue economy

Two important issues have risen at the forefront of ocean conservation: the concept of the blue economy and the role of women in international maritime industries. The blue economy encapsulates the sustainable use of the ocean and its resources in a wide breadth of industries including commercial fishing, shipping, renewable energy, and tourism. The impact...

western pond turtle at-risk species assessment

Western Pond Turtle at-risk species assessment

The western pond turtle is California’s only native freshwater turtle. The turtle’s numbers have been declining due to urbanization, limited water availability, and competition or predation from invasive species — making it a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a pre-listing...

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