Newswise — The atmosphere (air), geosphere (earth) and hydrosphere (water) all interconnect and interact to form and change our environment and climate. One lab at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center is bridging all three, enabling faculty and graduate students to conduct research in an interdisciplinary setting where the expertise of each can inform the others.

The lab is called AQUAM, which stands for Air Quality and Meteorology. The AQUAM lab supports collection of atmospheric parameters (such as wind speed, temperature, humidity, and trace gas) for use on land and over water. The lab also enables display of real-time and archived meteorological and air-quality parameters.

Current AQUAM projects include studies of long-range transport of air pollution; climate change; limnological (freshwater) and wetland biometeorology; and effects of volcanic activity on the atmosphere.

AQUAM also plays an important role in outreach efforts of the Great Lakes Research Center. Outreach activities include equipment demonstrations and laboratory and field measurements, which provide K–12 students, teachers and the public, with opportunities to learn about inter-related atmospheric, geospheric and hydrospheric processes.

For more information, contact Professor Judith Perlinger, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, [email protected], 906-487-2641.