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Arbutus Watershed: Biogeochemistry & Hydrology

Project Description

The CoE is one of two sites (urban and residential) that have been developed within the City of Syracuse for the monitoring of climatology and air quality. This urban site is located at 727 East Washington Street, where headquarters of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE) is currently under construction.

Understanding the effect of ambient environment on the quality of built urban environments is an area of focus for the Syracuse CoE. A 150-foot tower was installed in fall 2007 and meteorological instruments were added in May 2008 at the CoE site. Meteorological [wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, precipitation and solar radiation] and air quality parameters [sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), fine particulates and mercury] will be continually measured and subsequently updated on this website.

The information from this site and the Upper Onondaga Park site will be used in the evaluation of the role of urban and residential structures in affecting both meteorology and air pollution in the City of Syracuse. This project will provide information on meteorology and air quality that will be available to the entire Syracuse Community and will also include research on air pollutants in urban and residential settings.