May 2, 2014

Dr. H. Oliver Gao: Associate Professor @ School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Transportation, Environment, and Energy Systems From Transportation Planning/Management to Air Pollution and Public Health-Are We Doing the Right Thing, and Doing it Right?

Transportation related air pollution, GHG emissions and energy problems are a significant issue in China, the U.S. and across the world. The World Health Organization estimates that urban air pollution causes 200,000 deaths per year worldwide and that it will be responsible for 8 million premature deaths from 2000 to 2020. Sacrificing transportation needs for environmental quality is simply infeasible since transportation provides a vital wheel for economic development. How do we meet the transportation needs in the age of development without sacrificing environment and energy sustainability? In this talk Dr. Gao takes a phased approach looking into the depth and their inter-relationships of the following six intermingling topics that span across transportation, air quality, and energy systems: cleanup of the transportation system, mathematical modeling in search for cost - effective environment abatement strategies; equity and environmental justice in green transportation programs; transportation emission and ozone pollution: emphasizing the need to integrate transportation and air quality modeling; PM2.5 pollution from transportation; and environmental impacts of alternative transportation fuels.