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Environment

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.

News and Updates

Industry Impacts

Net-Zero Energy House

To decrease the $225 billion that U.S. consumers spend each year in household energy costs will require accurate, reliable information about how new

Automotive Refrigerant Design

Traditional auto air conditioning refrigerants have high global warming potentials, but finding better refrigerants with the right properties has been a major

Projects and Programs

Fiber Sources and Applications

Optical frequency combs convert a laser source containing a single frequency of light into pulses that include thousands of frequencies. This project aims to

Publications

Prey-size plastics are invading larval fish nurseries

Author(s)

Jamison Gove, Jonathan Whitney, Margaret McManus, Joey Lecky, Felipe Carvalho, Jennifer M. Lynch, Jiwei Li, Philipp Neubauer, Katharine Smith, Jana Phipps, Donald Kobayashi, Karla Balagso, Emily Contreras, Mark Manuel, Mark Merrifield, Jeffrey Polovina, Gregory Asner, Jeffrey Maynard, Gareth Williams

Life for many of the world's marine fish begins at the ocean surface. Ocean conditions dictate food availability and govern survivorship, yet little is known

AMAP Review: Biological Effects from Contaminants on Arctic Wildlife and Fish

Author(s)
Rune Dietz, Robert Letcher, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, John R. Kucklick, Stacy S. Schuur, Jean-Pierre Desforges, Igor Eulaers, Bjorn Munro Jenssen, Melissa McKinney, Christian Sonne, Niladri Basu, Simon Wilson, Sara Pedro, Jenny Bytingsvik, Garry Stenson, Anuschka Polder, Joshua T. Ackerman, Collin A. Eagles-Smith, Mark P. Herzog, Alex Hartman, Sarah Peterson, Allyson Jackson, Birgit Braune, Derek Muir, Frank Riget, Milton Levin, Anders Bignert, Maria Dam, Marlene Evans, Magali Houde, Katrin S. Hoydal
Since the last Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) effort to review biological effects of the exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Towards Sustainable Environmental Quality: Priority Research Questions for North America

Author(s)
Anne Fairbrother, Derek Muir, Keith Solomon, Gerald Ankley, Murray Rudd, Alistair Boxall, William Adams, Jennifer Apell, Bonnie Blalock, Sarah Bowman, Linda Campbell, George Cobb, Kristin Connors, David Dreier, Marlene Evans, Carol Henry, Robert Hoke, Magali Houde, Stephen Klaine, Rebecca Klaper, Sigrun Kullik, Roman Lanno, Charles Meyer, Elias Oziolor, Mary Ann Ottinger, Elijah J. Petersen, Helen Poynton, Pamela Rice, Gabriela Rodriguez-Fuentes, Alan Samel, Joseph Shaw, Jeffrey Steevens, Tim Verslycke, Scott Weir, Peter Wilson, Bryan Brooks
Anticipating, identifying and prioritizing strategic needs represent essential activities by research organizations. When these pursuits engage globally

Tools and Instruments

Ozone Standard Reference Photometer

DESCRIPTION The Standard Reference Photometer (SRP) Program began in the early 1980s as collaboration between NIST and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Awards