NOAA-EPA Collaboration Links Air, Land, and Water Pollution to Improve Environmental Management
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science served a major role in developing the scope and authorship of a suite of papers that link atmospheric deposition of contaminants with their transport, fate, and effects in coastal watersheds and estuaries. Individual papers focused on sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, and persistent organic pollutants and their adverse ecological impacts and human health effects.
The papers were jointly authored by NOAA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists as well as university professors. Several papers reviewed current agency capabilities in ecological forecasting, multimedia pollution assessment, and approaches to more effective environmental management.
This effort, spearheaded by a NOAA-EPA Steering Committee, is a stepping stone for closer collaboration between the two agencies in addressing key environmental pollution issues through improved monitoring, research, and modeling. The papers were published in a special December 2007 issue of the journal Environmental Management.