Welcome to the Binational Air Quality Project Workspace

Funded by the NM Dept. of Health, Office of Border Health Environmental Health Program

This 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.

Project Title

Land-Based Sources of Air Quality Contamination in the Binational Border Region of Southwestern New Mexico, Northwestern Chihuahua and West Texas

Project Goal

Design and implement a comprehensive air quality study in southwestern New Mexico, northwestern Chihuahua and far west Texas

Project Objectives

  • Better understand sources and climatological factors controlling air quality
  • Improve air quality monitoring networks through upgrades, new sites
  • Consolidate epidemiological baseline of chronic health conditions
  • Collaborate and engage in outreach with international, state, federal, local, private and public entities for participation in study

This highly instrumented mobile trailer was purchased for the project. It has the capacity for monitoring hourly PM10, PM2.5 (EPA method), hourly ozone (EPA method) and for collecting meteorological data. In addition, the monitor has lidar and aerosol black carbon capabilities.

Recently Uploaded Files -- Phase II Work Plan

  • FY11_Final Report_Revised_12_jul_11.pdf   8830k - Jul 20, 2011, 10:58 AM by Erin Ward (v1)
    ‎2011 Final Report - Assessment of Land-based Sources of Air Quality Contaminants in the Binational Border Region of Southwest New Mexico, Northwest Chihuahua, and West Texas‎
  • Optimal_Network_Design_FY11.pdf   7048k - May 10, 2011, 11:51 AM by Zach Edwards (v1)
    ‎Optimal Network Design Report, FY 2011‎
  • Quarterly_Report3_FY11.pdf   3985k - Apr 8, 2011, 2:07 PM by Zach Edwards (v1)
    ‎Quarterly Report Number 3‎
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