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Environment

Overview

Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water and blood.

The Research

Projects & Programs

Plastic Pollution Measurement Science

Ongoing
While plastics have yielded immense benefits to society, discarded plastics or plastic pollution has become a pervasive highly visible problem especially in the

Fundamental Guided Wave Metrology

Ongoing
Radio-frequency (RF) waves and microwaves are involved with almost every facet of everyday life. Radio stations, television, wireless devices, satellite

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News

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Tracking Hormones on Land and at Sea

It’s usually pretty straightforward to explain how my work on clinical measurements is a benefit to society, but sometimes I get confused looks when I tell people about my work on whales, alligators and fish, to name a few. At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), I work on measurement science for endocrinology. Endocrinology is the science of hormones such as the commonly
Donated clothes in see-through plastic bags are piled up

Your Clothes Can Have an Afterlife

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‘Exceptional’ Research: Unexpected light Behavior May Be Harnessed to Improve Optical Communications and Sensors

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NIST Study Shows Everyday Plastic Products Release Trillions of Microscopic Particles Into Water

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