The Human Forest: Volatile Chemical Products Contribute to Urban Air Pollution

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Date and Time: Wednesday February 5, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Recent work in Los Angeles has shown that emissions from consumer product and industrial solvent use – collectively, volatile chemical products (VCPs) – contribute as much to the abundance of urban volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as the emissions from motor vehicles. VCP emissions are predominantly emitted to the indoor environment, but are then transported to the outdoors via building exhaust. In this presentation, we will show that VCP emissions are ubiquitous in U.S. cities and correlate with urban population density.

Presenter: Matthew Coggon: Research Scientist II, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Chemical Sciences Division of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Matt earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2015. Matt’s research is focused on understanding the emissions and chemical transformations of volatile organic compounds in earth’s atmosphere.

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