Jian Sun, a graduate research assistant to Professor Joshua Fu, won best student paper at the 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) in New Orleans on June 20-23, 2016.
Sun’s paper entitled “Climate-driven exceedance of combined nitrogen and sulfur depositions at forested areas over continental U.S.,” studies nitrogen and sulfur in forest soil to determine critical load. While emissions of nitrogen and sulfur have decreased, revisiting its impact in forested areas is crucial. Sun’s research assesses future exceedances in a changing climate using a multi-model mean from global climate-chemistry models.
“I feel grateful to receive this award,” he said. “I’m strongly encouraged by the senior researchers in the air quality areas and I’ll keep on dedicating myself into the future research.”