CLaSP Seminar Series - Professor Gregory Jenkins
Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Space Research Building Auditorium, Room 2246
Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Penn State Professor of Meteorology, Gregory Jenkins. Please join us!
Title: "The flow of dust from the Sahara to the lower respiratory track of individuals in West Africa: Challenges and opportunities"
Abstract: The flow of Saharan dust aerosols throughout the Northern Hemisphere during late fall through summer season pose a health risk due to poor air quality and the potential to pass pathogens into the respiratory system. In this seminar, I discuss the challenges tied to observations of particulate matter at the surface and from satellites and the efforts to build a country wide network in Senegal, which is aligned with district level health data. The prediction of dust events on short-term (days) to long-term (decades) using the WRF model are also presented and its implications for understanding respiratory disease in West Africa. Finally, I discuss the efforts on the ground in Senegal to identify pathogens from dust aerosols and to build an interdisciplinary team of scientists and doctors to address respiratory health and its linkages to the environment.