alqaida-africa In an effort to address the health concerns of troops stationed in the harsh desert climate of the Middle East, the Desert Research Institute in Nevada is getting $1.2 million dollars to use to create a mobile aerosol monitoring system for the Department of Defense.

The goal is to use the surveillance system to collect real time data that will help the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine better understand the relationships between troop exposure to desert dust and other air pollutants, as well as respiratory and other health conditions.

Johann Engelbrecht and Hans Moosmüller are the research professors that have been designated with the task of designing and building the mobile surveillance facility, and initial testing will be done at the DRI Reno campus. This initiative is funded from part of about $90 million that has been designated for Nevada on behalf of the U.S. Senate in an effort to create more jobs in the state.

(Via RGJ)

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