Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA)

The EMA subproject is focusing on improving fundamental understanding of scale-dependent behavior of water and air pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides, and air pollutants within a shared multimedia environment in semi-arid lands and shorelines by collecting high-quality environmental monitoring data and providing subsequent comprehensive assessment.

Specific objectives are to:

  1. identify key environmental stressors;
  2. systematically investigate underlying physicochemical and biological processes impairing air and water quality; and
  3. translate this knowledge into current environmental condition assessments and forecasts of natural resource management actions.

The chosen research topics supporting EMA objectives and addressing environmental sustainability issues are:

  1. assessment of the environmental impact of industrial waste, agricultural runoff, and traffic emissions in the Middle Rio Grande Region along the U.S.-Mexico border;
  2. assessment of sources, transport and transformation of environmental stressors in the Corpus Christi Port area; and
  3. assessment of the environmental impacts of desalination concentrate discharges to coastal surface waters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The EMA research will provide a solid foundation for science based decision making and contribute significantly to sustainable infrastructure development in South Texas.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734850

This page was last updated on: January 21, 2016