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Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb

 

Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering Education
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pullman, WA 99164

blamb@wsu.edu

 

Education

Ph.D. Div of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1978
B.S. Chemistry, Idaho State University, 1973

Research Interests

Dr. Lamb has been involved in atmospheric pollutant transport and dispersion studies for more than twenty-five years. This has involved a combination of atmospheric tracer field studies and the development, evaluation, and application of a variety of air quality models. Currently, Dr. Lamb is directing the development of a real-time urban air quality forecast system for the Pacific Northwest as well as a project to investigate the effects of global change on regional air quality supported through the EPA STAR grant program. For the forecast system, model evaluation has been expanded through a NASA grant to incorporate satellite air quality measurements into the model evaluation process. Dr. Lamb has also directed the development of a smoke dispersion forecast system for agricultural field burning and a regional windblown dust air quality model for the Columbia Plateau region of eastern Washington. In related work, Dr. Lamb has developed atmospheric tracer instrumentation—portable syringe samplers and real-time continuous tracer analyzers—which have been widely used at WSU and by others to probe the nature of pollutant transport and dispersion over scales ranging from a few meters to hundreds of kilometers. Most recently, Dr. Lamb directed the development of an automated profiling system for SF6 that was successfully deployed in a large Homeland Security urban dispersion study in Oklahoma City and in a number of nighttime drainage flow studies related to carbon respiration in forest canopies.

Dr. Lamb is also involved in research concerning biogenic trace gas emissions and their role in atmospheric chemistry. The EPA Biogenic Emission Inventory System (BEIS) was originally developed under his direction at WSU. Recent studies involve the application of eddy flux and disjunct eddy accumulation methods. Dr. Lamb also directed WSU participation in a significant field program to investigate emissions and air quality in Mexico City. This work includes the first direct VOC flux measurements reported for an urban landscape.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Feng, G., B. Sharratt, J. Vaughn, and B. Lamb. 2009. A multiscale database of soil properties for regional environmental quality modeling in the western United States. Journal of Soil & Water Conservation 64:363-373.

Kjelgaard, J., B. Sharratt, I. Sundram, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn, K. Saxton, and D. Chandler. 2004. PM10 emission from agricultural soils on the Columbia Plateau: Comparison of dynamic and time integrated field scale measurements and entrainment mechanisms. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 125:259-277.

Sundram, I., C. Claiborn, T. Strand, B. Lamb, D. Chandler, and K. Saxton. 2004. Numerical modeling of regional windblown dust in the Pacific Northwest with improved meteorology and dust emission models. Journal of Geophysical Research 109, D24208.

Saxton, K., D. Chandler, L. Stetler, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn, and B.-H. Lee. 2000. Wind erosion and fugitive dust fluxes on agricultural lands in the Pacific Northwest. Transactions of American Society of Agricultural Engineers 43:623-630.

Claiborn, C., B.K. Lamb, A. Miller, J. Beseda, B. Clode, J. Vaughan, L. Kang, and C. Newvine. 1998. Regional measurements and modeling of windblown agricultural dust: The Columbia Plateau PM10 program. Journal of Geophysical Research 103:753-767.

Thesis and Dissertation

Lee, B.-H. (Environmental Engineering). 1998. Regional air quality modeling of PM10 due to windblown dust on the Columbia Plateau. M.S. thesis, Washington State University.

Vaughan, J.K. (Chemical Engineering). 2000. Application of remote sensing techniques to measurement of windblown dust over the Columbia Plateau. Ph.D. dissertation, Washington State University.

Conference Proceedings

Kjelgaard, J., K. Saxton, B. Lamb, and C. Claiborn. 2002. Intensive study site for monitoring, measuring and modeling agricultural field dust emissions. p. 163. In J.A. Lee and T.M. Zobeck (eds.) Proceedings of ICAR5/GCTE-SEN Joint Conference, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA Publication 02-2.

Lee, B.-H, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn, D. Chandler and K. Saxton. 1998. Regional modeling of windblown dust in the Columbia Plateau and analyses of modeling uncertainties. p 59-62. In Dust Aerosols, Loess Soils and Global Change Conference Proceedings, 9-14 Oct., Seattle WA.

Saxton, K.E., D. Chandler, L. Stetler, B. Lamb, and C. Claiborn. 1998. A wind erosion and fugitive dust model for loessial soils in the Pacific Northwest. p. 81-84. In Conference Proceedings Dust Aerosols, Loess Soils and Global Change, 11-14 Oct., Seattle, WA.

Saxton, K.E., D. Chandler, L. Stetler, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn and B. Lee. 1998. Predicting PM10 and PM2.5 dust emissions from agricultural wind erosion. p. 1119-1129. Conference Proceedings AWMA, Emissions Inventory: Living in a Global Environment, 8-10 Dec., New Orleans, LA.

Claiborn, C., B. Lamb, C. Newvine, and A. Miller. 1995. Measurements of windblown PM10 in Central and Eastern Washington during the windblown dust season of 1993 and 1994. In Particulate Matter: Health and Regulatory Issues: 49:548-561.

Lamb, B., C. Claiborn, L. Kang, A. Miller, and J. Vaughan. 1995. Development of a regional air quality model for windblown dust. In Particulate Matter: Health and Regulatory Issues: 49:562-571.

Saxton, K.E., B. Lamb, C. Claiborn, B. Frazier, and L. Stetler. 1995. Regional airborne particulates during wind erosion of agricultural fields. In J. Tomas and I. Stone (eds.). p. 34-49. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Air Pollution by Particulates, 4-6 October, Prague Czechoslovakia.

Published Abstracts

Chung, S., B. Lamb, J. Vaughan, G. Feng, and B. Sharratt. 2009. Modeling of atmospheric aerosols and incorporating the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) into a regional air quality modeling system. American Association of Aerosol Research. 26-30 October, Minneapolis, MN.

Feng, G., B. Sharratt, B. Lamb, and J. Vaughan. 2008. Development of soil, land-use and management data bases for Aeolian research in eight western states, USA. [CD-ROM]. ASA-CSSA-SSSA annual meeting, 5-9 Oct., Houston, TX. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Abstracts.

Sundram, I., C. Claiborn, and B. Lamb. 2004. Modeling aerosol optical depths during episodes of windblown dust from semiarid agricultural regions. American Association for Aerosol Research annual conference, 5-8 October, Atlanta, GA.

Jain, R., B. Lamb, J. Vaughan, and C. Claiborn. 2003. ClearSky – A smoke dispersion forecast system for agricultural burning. p. 51. Soil and Water Conservation Society annual meeting, 28-31 July, Spokane, WA. SWCS Annual Conference Abstracts.

Jain, R., B. Lamb, J. Vaughan, and C. Claiborn. 2003. ClearSky – A smoke dispersion forecast system for agricultural burning. The 43rd annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air and Waste Management Association, 23-26 September, Anchorage, AL

Sundram, I., C. Claiborn, T. Strand, B. Lamb, D. Chandler, and K. Saxton. 2003. Numerical modeling of regional windblown dust in the Pacific Northwest and incorporation of an improved dust emission model. 2003 annual Geophysical Union meeting, 8-12 December, San Francisco, CA.

Kjelgaard, J., K. Saxton, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn, and B. Barry. 2001. Intensive study site for monitoring, measuring and modeling agricultural field dust emissions: Site instrumentation descriptions and preliminary results. Annual conference of the Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air and Waste Management Association, Big Sky, MT.

Sundram, I., J. Kjelgaard, C. Claiborn, B. Lamb, and K. Saxton. 2001. Columbia Plateau PM10 Project: Wind tunnel calibrations of continuous particulate samplers. p. 34. Annual conference of the Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air and Waste Management Association, Big Sky, MT.

Chandler, D.G., K. Saxton, B. Lamb, and C. Claiborn. 1999. An empirical model of wind erosion and fugitive dust fluxes from agricultural lands on the Columbia Plateau. Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air and Waste Management Association annual conference, 3-5 Nov. Pasco WA.

Saxton, K.E., D. Chandler, L. Stetler, B. Lamb, C. Claiborn and B. Lee. 1998. Wind erosion and fugitive dust fluxes on agricultural lands in the Pacific Northwest. Proceedings No. 982058, annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 12-16 July, Orlando, FL.

Experiment Station Research and Extension Reports

Schillinger, W.F., B.S. Sharratt, D.L. Young, A.J. Busacca, W.L. Pan, A.C. Kennedy, C.S. Claiborn, B.K. Lamb, A.D. Esser, F.L. Young, B.E. Frazier, S. Machado, C.O. Stockle, J.Q. Wu, M. Flury, P.R. Wandschneider, and C.A. Warriner. 2004. 73. p. Northwest Columbia Plateau PM10 Project. 2004 Summary Report. Highlights of research achievements from 1998 through 2004.