Professor Douw Steyn Lecture

Professor Douw Steyn
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of BC

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on March 29, 2008 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.


Air Pollution:
How We Treat the Atmosphere Like a Sewer


Dr. Steyn has served as Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies. His professional, teaching and research activities are in the field of air pollution meteorology, boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, environmental science and interdisciplinary science. His research involves measurement and modelling studies of regional air pollution. He publishes regularly in the international peer reviewed literature, and serves on editorial boards of the journals Boundary Layer Meteorology and Environmental Fluid Mechanics. He is an Accredited Consulting Meteorologist, and has international consultancy experience in his areas of expertise, and has provided expert testimony in numerous court cases and appeal board hearings in British Columbia.

Background Information

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UBC Geology faculty page
Air Pollution Meteorology
My research is primarily driven by an interest in the polluted atmosphere, particularly at the regional scale. I conduct both field measurement and numerical modelling in order to pursue these interests. I have recently been involved in the Pacific 2001 and MAP-Riviera field campaigns,and am part of the Multiscale Air Quality research Network (MAQNet). I have a particular interest in model evaluation/ validation. ...
Air Pollution: The price for our way of life
[UBC Reports article by Duow Steyn and Michael Brauer]
When most of us think of air pollution, images of factories belching smoke or vehicles leaving behind a cloud of soot often come to mind. Such conditions led to historical episodes of deadly air pollution—the most notorious being the great London smog in December of 1952 when there were approximately 12,000 excess deaths resulting from a 5-day period of intense air pollution. With growing worldwide industrialization, emissions have increased and become more widespread. The introduction of more complex fuels, and combustion occurring in a wider range of conditions, has led to growing toxicity of emissions, and increasingly evident effects on ecosystems. ...
We want more action
The following is an extract from an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, signed by 90 Canadian climate science leaders, including Philip Austin, Stephen Calvert, Garry Clarke, William Hsieh, Paul LeBlond, Lionel Pandolfo, and Douw Steyn from the UBC Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences:
"We concur with the climate-science assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001, which has also been supported by the Royal Society of Canada and the national academies of science of all G8 countries, as well as those of China, India and Brazil.
"Canada needs a national climate-change strategy, with continued investments in research to track the rate and nature of changes, understand what is happening, to refine projections of changes induced by anthropogenic release of greenhouse gases and to analyze opportunities and threats presented by these changes. ...