Minutes of the July 15, 2002 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter

The meeting began with a get-together dinner at the Cumberland Grill on Kingston Pike; 15 people attended. We then adjourned to Room 268 of the Agricultural Engineering Building at the University of Tennessee Campus, where a brief business meeting was held before the speaker’s presentation. Glo Turner discussed the AMS Educational Initiatives DataStreme Atmosphere and DataStreme Water in the Earth System (WES) courses and mentioned the need for volunteer mentors. If you wish to be a mentor, or know of any teachers interested in taking either of these courses, contact Glo at Glo@tree-castle.com. T.J. Blasing mentioned that a tour of the FACE facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was being considered for the next (September) meeting. No other business was conducted.

Seventeen people were present for the main presentation by Jim Renfro, Air Quality Specialist at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jim’s talk was entitled: Air Quality Issues at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He provided an overview of the air-quality issues facing the southern Appalachian region, including the park. He discussed current monitoring and research efforts, status and trends of the data, and efforts underway to improve air quality in the park. Of particular interest was the effect of the “new” National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and fine particulate matter, and the effect of these standards on compliance status of the southern Appalachian region.  One option being considered for ozone is a nonattainment designation for areas higher than a specified elevation (e.g., 4000 feet). Jim also felt that people should be paying more attention to ammonia as an air pollutant.

The meeting was adjourned around 9:30 PM.

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