Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Policy in Asia

Monday, February 15, 2016: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Wilson B (Marriott Wardman Park)
With arguably the densest population and the fastest economic growth in the world, Asia is experiencing an unprecedented rate of change in every area of life. Particularly concerning to many members of the public and scientists are changes to the environment and their connections with climate change across the Pacific Rim, as both have altered dramatically in the last few decades. A rigorous understanding of the connections between environmental and climate changes in the region is needed to establish sound policies for sustainable development and to ensure well-being for over half of the world’s population. Speakers will discuss major pollution/emission sources; the direct and indirect effects of aerosol on long-term trends in key climate variables; interactions between aerosols and the monsoon system; and health impacts in the context of the region’s response policies.
Zhanqing Li, University of Maryland, College Park
Maureen Cribb, University of Maryland, College Park
Paul Shepson, National Science Foundation
V. Ramaswamy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Environmental Quality, Climate Change, and Society in the 21st Century
William K.M. Lau, University of Maryland, College Park
The Aerosol-Monsoon Climate System of Asia: Changes and Vulnerability
Zhanqing Li, University of Maryland, College Park
Impact of Air Pollution on the Climate and Its Changes in China