Call for Positions Test
244 Air Quality Specialist
- Air Quality Specialist (doc), uploaded 05/01/2012 by Mary Delany
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
I am not sure how this program would differ from that of the existing air quality Specialist position at Kearney. Besides, what we need is an agronomist or an ag engineer who can develop farming systems that produce less dust. The pesticide companies are already investing heavily in new formulations with lower VOCs. Equipment manufacturers are already investing in lower emission engines.
I agree that we have specialist resources committed originally to this type of position already in the San Joaquin Valley.
Tractor dust and pesticide VOCs are only a very small fraction of the important air quality issues covered in this proposal. Agricultural emissions, while very important to the state of California, are not the only determinants of the state's complex air quality problems. There are a variety of Agricultural & Natural resources that influence air quality some of which include: wetland emissions of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas), coastal ocean emissions, forest and cropland emissions of aerosol precursor gases, and urban emissions of GHGs, all of which can be better understood and mitigated by research activity in this field.
Both UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis have proposed air quality specialist positions with a focus on the impact of agriculture on air quality and the impacts of air quality on agriculture. This is a critical policy area, especially for agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. However, it is not clear how these positions would relate to the existing air quality specialist positions in the San Joaquin Valley (David Grantz) and Davis (Frank Mitloehner). And as others have commented, a lot of the issues are more about finding solutions to the air quality concerns, so needing skill sets to help find different agronomic practices and/or different technological solutions. Thus, would recommend that there be more coordination between the two campuses and existing air quality specialist positions. And more importantly this/these positions be discussed with those already focused on air quality policy and agriculture issues to hone this/these positions.
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