Funded by the NM Dept. of Health, Office of Border Health Environmental Health ProgramThis project is designed to assess current air monitoring activities and air quality data for the Paso del Norte area, a region comprising southern New Mexico and northwestern Chihuahua state and far west Texas. The team will determine an optimal network for monitoring air pollutants and collecting meteorological information. Equipment will be purchased to support the monitoring effort. Using the new equipment, the team will collect and assess existing and new air quality data, including data for relevant pollutants currently not being monitored. Findings from other research projects, weather and climate information, local knowledge, as well as other sources will be collected. The team will analyze the existing and new information for the purpose of providing a thorough assessment of regional air quality and its potential impacts on human health. A special effort will be made to examine airborne fungal and spore activity that are thought to have a negative impact on respiratory health.
Land-Based Sources of Air Quality Contamination in the Binational Border Region of Southwestern New Mexico, Northwestern Chihuahua and West Texas
Design and implement a comprehensive air quality study in southwestern New Mexico, northwestern Chihuahua and far west Texas