Improvement to the Air Management Practices Tool (AMPAT)

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2014-04-15
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Harlow, John
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Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The Symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines with an opportunity to share their research with the university community and other guests through conference-style oral presentations. The Symposium represents part of a larger effort of Iowa State University to enhance, support, and celebrate undergraduate research activity.

Though coordinated by the University Honors Program, all undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Symposium. Undergraduates conducting research but not yet ready to present their work are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the presentation process and students not currently involved in research are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the broad range of undergraduate research activities that are taking place at ISU.

The first Symposium was held in April 2007. The 39 students who presented research and their mentors collectively represented all of ISU's Colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate College. The event has grown to regularly include more than 100 students presenting on topics that span the broad range of disciplines studied at ISU.

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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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The livestock and poultry production industry needs a current, science-based guide for proven air quality mitigation technologies. This will ultimately help the industry to focus on mitigation efforts with the greatest impact potential. In this research, we will conduct a scientific literature review of mitigation methods and technologies for aerial emissions of odor, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and greenhouse gases (GHGs) from livestock and poultry operations. Research summaries will build on and be complimentary to the National Pork Board-funded project “Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT)”, an online user-friendly tool. Our work aims to: (1) add scientific literature review summaries in addition to existing “Compilation of information on the management, effectiveness, and costs regarding the latest mitigation strategies”; (2) add greenhouse gas (GHGs) mitigation and volatile organic compounds responsible for odor to the target air pollutants in the AMPAT, and (3) make the AMPAT tool relevant to all major livestock and poultry species. The proposed effort will add value to existing Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT). The purpose of the AMPAT is to guide users through a process of determining which mitigation practices are best suited to the user’s operation and user-defined objectives.

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