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University of California at Riverside Part of CAR-TEEH that Wins Competitive Tier 1 UTC Grant

University of California at Riverside Part of CAR-TEEH that Wins Competitive Tier 1 UTC Grant

December, 15, 2016

Kanok BoriboonsomsinUniversity of California at Riverside (UCR) is part of the new Center for Advancing Research on Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health (CAR-TEEH) that wins a competitive Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) grant. Center partners include Texas A&M University, John Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at El Paso. CARTEEH will place its focus on the FAST Act priority research area of “Preserving the Environment”, addressing issues related to on-road transportation emissions, including criteria pollutants, air toxics, and greenhouse gases/energy. CE-CERT's researcher, Kanok Boriboonsomsin (pictured), will serve as the Lead for UCR. 

CAR-TEEH’s unique contribution is in advancing research that addresses emissions in the context of public health, by bringing together experts from two disciplines (transportation and public health) that have not traditionally worked together. CAR-TEEH will not only serve transportation research, education, and technology transfer, but also promote interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. Each consortium member brings specific strengths and national-level expertise to the partnership, and will foster high-quality, impactful research. The focus on transportation and public health is particularly timely. Initiatives have been undertaken to bring transportation and public health practitioners together, and the transportation research community has also acknowledged the importance of this emerging topic. 

In the context of transportation emissions and public health, several research questions remain. Also important is how issues relating to GHG emissions and energy intersect with emissions-related public health issues in the transportation sector. CAR-TEEH will address key non-exclusive candidate topic areas under the FAST Act research priorities, including the use of alternative fuels and energy technologies, reduction of transportation system GHG emissions, environmentally responsible planning, and impacts of freight movement. Specific focus areas include: 

  • Policy and Decision Making – understanding how energy policy and air quality/regulations affect GHG emissions, criteria pollutant emissions, and public health outcomes.
  • Emissions and Energy Estimation – enhanced modeling and measurement of transportation emissions and energy consumption, and the implications for air pollution and public health outcomes.
  • Alternative Technologies – research focused on how technological advancements (including in vehicle, engine, and fuel technologies) affect transportation emissions and their implications from a public health perspective.
  • Exposure Assessment and Public Health Impacts – promoting a better understanding of how exposure to transportation emissions affects public health (including in specific population groups or occupations), and how these impacts can be mitigated.
  • Data Integration – exploring the application of integrated datasets from various disciplines for improving policy, decision-making, and public health outcomes. Develop and implement methodologies and protocols that leverage data for innovative purposes.

By addressing these focus areas, CAR-TEEH will contribute to improving holistic environmental and public health outcomes, and reduce transportation system impacts and costs.  


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