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Yellow Dust in China- Interactive Modeling
Professor Karen R. Polenske

This project, which began in 2002, is funded by the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS). The MIT team of faculty and students is working with others from China, Korea, and Japan, the three countries in which the yellow dust from the arid lands in China is now an annual phenomenon. It severely affects transport (closing airports and highways), industry, and also is a great threat to human health, creating both respiratory and eye problems. The team is investigating the sequence of events that lead to the atmospheric transport of the dust and the economic and health effects this has on society. They hope to determine the types of critical interventions needed to reduce the problem and the localities where these interventions will be most effective.