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2011 EMEP Conference Presentations


Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection in New York: Linking Science and Policy

November 15 & 16, 2011
Holiday Inn, Wolf Road, Albany, NY

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Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Francis J. Murray, Jr. - President and CEO (NYSERDA)
  • Jared Snyder - Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, Climate Change, and Energy (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)

9:00 - 10:00 am
Energy-Related Environmental Research: Setting Priorities in a Changing Policy Landscape - Part I
Moderator: Alan Belensz (NYS Office of the Attorney General)

  • The 2011 National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program Report to Congress - Doug Burns (U.S. Geological Survey) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 907KB]
  • Mercury in the Environment: Sources, Effects, and Management - Charles Driscoll (Syracuse University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 5.3MB]
  • EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program: An Overview - Tim Watkins (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 516KB]

10:20 - 12:00 pm
Energy-Related Environmental Research: Setting Priorities in a Changing Policy Landscape - Part II

  • Mitigating Electric Sector CO2: Policy Tools, Cost, and Technologies - Vic Niemeyer (Electric Power Research Institute) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 2.1MB]
  • Setting Priorities for Environmental Research for Offshore Wind Energy - Terry Orr (ESS Group, Inc.) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.8MB]

1:15 - 2:45 pm
Concurrent Session A - Ecosystem Response to Sulfur, Nitrogen and Mercury Deposition - Part I
Moderator: Leon Sedefian - (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)

  • Recovery Responses of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Assemblages to Decreasing Acidic Deposition in Adirondack Mountain Lakes - Bill Shaw (Darrin Freshwater Institute) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 565KB]
  • Mercury Bioaccumulation within Terrestrial Foodwebs in the Adirondack Park of New York State - Amy Sauer (Syracuse University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 6.6MB]
  • Deposition and Fluxes of Mercury in Forests of the Adirondacks - Brad Blackwell (Syracuse University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 2.1MB]
  • Honnedaga Lake Watershed Liming Project: Overview and Status - Daniel Josephson (Cornell University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 3.7MB]

Concurrent Session B - Air Quality and Associated Health Effects
Moderator: S.T. Rao (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 334KB]

  • Assessing the Health Outcomes of Air Quality Actions - Rashid Shaikh (Health Effects Institute) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.3MB]
  • Impact of NOx Emission Reduction Policy on Hospitalizations for Respiratory Disease in New York State - Shao Lin (NYS Department of Health) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 765KB]
  • Impact of Regional Transport of Pollution on Health Outcomes - Valerie Garcia (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 879KB]
  • Utility of Different Exposure Metrics Used in Epidemiological Studies of Air Pollution - Halûk Özkaynak (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.9MB]

3:15 - 4:45 pm
Concurrent Session A - Ecosystem Response to Sulfur, Nitrogen and Mercury Deposition - Part II
Moderator: Stuart Findlay (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)

  • Soil Chemistry and the Recovery of Sensitive Watersheds from Chronic Acidification - Chris Johnson (Syracuse University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.4MB]
  • Response of Forest Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles to Reduced Acidification - Christine Goodale (Cornell University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 9.9MB]
  • Acid Deposition Effects on Adirondack Sugar Maple Trees - Greg Lawrence (U.S. Geological Survey) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 3.9MB]
  • Ecosystem Disturbance in Catskill Mountain Streams: Coincidence or Indicators of Climate Change? - Barry Baldigo (U.S. Geological Survey) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 2.9MB]

Concurrent Session B - Understanding Impacts of Energy Use & Production on Air Quality, Climate Interactions and Health Effect
Moderator: Praveen Amar (Clean Air Task Force)

  • Climate and Air Quality - Daniel Jacob (Harvard University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 4.3MB]
  • Climate Change, Air Quality, and Public Health - Patrick Kinney (Columbia University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 858KB]

8:30 - 10:15 am
Climate Change in New York State
Moderator: Amanda Stevens (NYSERDA)

  • New York State ClimAID Adaptation Assessment: Lessons Learned and Future Direction - Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Art DeGaetano (Cornell University) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.8MB]
  • Climate Adaptation in the Hudson Valley - Kristin Marcell (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 4.5MB]
  • Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture: An Agricultural Model for a Changing World - Viraj Puri (Gotham Greens) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 4.4MB]

10:35 - 12:00 pm
Mapping, Modeling, and Data: Tools for Guiding Environmental Policy
Moderator: Tim Tear (The Nature Conservancy)

  • New Tools for Improving Wind Project Siting for Biodiversity Conservation - Tim Howard (NY Natural Heritage Program) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 9.8MB]
  • Long-term Monitoring and Accountability in Air Quality Planning - Ken Demerjian (University of Albany, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.1MB]
  • Modeling Critical Loads: NY and Beyond - Tim Sullivan (E&S Environmental Chemistry, Inc.) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 8.0MB]

1:15 - 2:50 pm
Biomass Heating
Moderator: Judy Jarnefeld (NYSERDA)

  • Environmental, Energy, Market, and Health Characterization of Four Wood-fired Hydronic Heater Technologies - Brian Gullet (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 2.0MB]
  • High-Efficiency Made-in-NY Wood Pellet Boiler and Solar-thermal Heating System at the Wild Center - Stephanie Ratcliffe and David St.Onge (The Wild Center) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 9.3MB]
  • Residential Wood Pellets: Elemental Composition, Market Analysis and Policy Implications - Lisa Rector (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.3MB]
  • Wood Combustion for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Heat and Power: Implications for Public Health and Public Policy - Polly Hoppin (University of Massachusetts, Lowell) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 684KB]

3:10 - 4:25 pm
Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale - Part I:
Moderator: Lloyd Wilson (NYS Department of Health)

  • Geology of the Marcellus Shale - Langhorne Smith (NYS Museum) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 4.5MB]

Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale - Part II:

  • Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Water Resources - John Williams (U.S. Geological Survey) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 2.7MB]
  • High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing: The Regulatory and Policy Debate - Stuart Gruskin (Gruskin Gordon) [DOWNLOAD PDF | 1.1MB]

4:25 - 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks

  • Mark Torpey – Director, Clean Energy Research and Market Development (NYSERDA)