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RIT to study air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the Great Lakes region
Date:10/22/2007

his project requires a multi-college effort and combines an environmental aspect with energy concerns, computer modeling and a user-friendly interface. The study brings together professors and students from RITs College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information and Sciences, and draws on the expertise of Karl Korfmacher, associate professor of environmental science, and Steve Zilora, assistant professor of information technology.

Student research assistants will build network models using Geographic Information Systems software. Collecting data on the environmental impact of different modes of transportation and freight flow in the Great Lakes will help them characterize what the freight flow looks like, Winebrake says.

The project marks the first grant received by RITs new Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making. The lab, co-directed by Winebrake and Hawker, focuses on using computers to improve environmental decision-making. The laboratory is housed in the Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information and Sciences.

Ongoing research at the lab includes a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded project to evaluate the energy and environmental impacts of intermodal shippingmoving freight on trucks, trains and shipsand a National Science Foundation-funded project aimed at understanding the impact of greenhouse gas policies on automobile technology and design using computer models.


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Contact: Susan Gawlowicz
smguns@rit.edu
585-475-5061
Rochester Institute of Technology
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