Changes in weather patterns — including heat waves and incidents of climate cooling or air stagnation — have the potential to directly affect emission levels and particulate matter produced by a wide range of stationary sources, including factories, refineries, and power plants.
Understanding the effects of climate change and whether any corrective actions are possible for major or area sources could directly impact a facility's long-term air quality targets or the data supporting a regulatory permit application for stacks or vents.
Geosyntec's air practitioners understand the latest science surrounding the environmental mechanisms that contribute to global climate change as well as the mitigation steps that can reduce the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We frequently conduct detailed climate change studies and impact evaluations to help clients better understand how changes in the weather affect their facilities, their operations, and their bottom line.
These studies typically examine temperature and precipitation trends influenced by climate change and apply modeling tools to weather patterns that can help identify strategies for mitigating climate change effects. We then help clients estimate the costs, benefits, and economic impact of installing a wide range of emission control technology and systems and propose strategies for clients to reduce or even harness their greenhouse gas emissions.
We specialize in state of the practice innovations that address multiple air quality concerns, including ozone and particle pollution, hazardous or toxic air pollutants, atmospheric deposition, and visibility.