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CHANGE Air Quality Expert Philip K. Hopke PhD Helps Improve Air Quality in China and Asia

Author: on June 17th, 2014
Topic: Environment » News

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On May 27, 2014, Dr. Philip K. Hopke, Board Member and Managing Partner of Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, and a Greener Environment (CHANGE), joined Chinese scientists, researchers and policy makers in their efforts to improve Air Quality in China.  Dr. Hopke, an internationally recognized expert in Air Quality, delivered Air Quality Management training to approximately 50 representatives from 9 cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China who attended the session hosted by the China Branch of Clean Air Asia.

The “Training on Air Pollution Source Appointment: Approach, Model and Management” workshop was organized by Clean Air Asia in partnership with Guangdong Provincial Academy of Environmental Science and supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  The workshop provided a solid foundation to help environmental protection bureaus and affiliated research institutes in China’s PRD region formulate Air Quality management policies and measure the effectiveness of their implementation.

Event Group Photo - Training on Source Apportionment: Approach, Model and Management - Photo Courtesy of Clean Air Asia

Dr. Hopke shared more than theories and methodologies.  He provided valuable details of his expertise gained through more than 40 years of in-the-field, hands-on experience concerning the practical applications of Air Quality source inventory, chemical transport models, and receptor modeling in addition to best practices used in the United States.

“China has come to recognize the need for source apportionment for airborne particles and VOCs and this workshop introduced them to various approaches to accomplish the goal of performing apportionment during 2014,” said Dr. Hopke.

In a presentation, discussion, and Q&A sessions, Professor Hopke worked with the workshop sponsors and attendees to help them reach a consensus regarding critical areas of focus and important next steps to improve the Air Quality in China, the cities in the PRD region, and across Asia.

Professor Philip K. Hopke, PhD - Clarkson UniversityA scientist known globally for his numerous contributions in environmental research, including some of his recent work in the areas of indoor air quality and emissions from wood burning stoves, Dr. Phillip K. Hopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor at Clarkson University in New York.  He is the director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), and he is the founding director of Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Formerly, Dr. Hopke was the chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and served on the USEPA Science Advisory Board.  He also served as a past president of the American Association for Aerosol Research and contributed his expertise to more than a dozen National Research Council committees.

His research interests include multivariate statistical methods for data analysis; chemical characterization of ambient aerosol samples; emissions and properties of solid biomass combustion systems; characterization of source/receptor relationships for ambient air pollutants; experimental studies of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and ion induced nucleation; indoor air quality; exposure and risk assessment.

Dr. Hopke’s contribution to the fields of environmental research and environmental science has enriched many lives.  He has authored or coauthored over 538 papers in scientific journals, more than 85 chapters in books and peer-reviewed proceedings, written 1 and edited 5 books, directed 55 Master of Science and 36 Doctor of Philosophy theses, and written numerous technical reports.

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