Meteorologist Matthew Seybold does not tell you if you should carry an umbrella, but he does tell you if it’s a safe day for breathing. He monitors air quality for the Maryland Department of the Environment. His efforts help gauge the effects of pollutants on Maryland’s atmosphere. MDE meteorologists create air quality forecasts to improve the lives of those most vulnerable during times of high pollution: the elderly, young children, and people with respiratory illnesses and diseases.
Matthew Seybold is the Senior Meteorologist in the Air Quality Measurements, Modeling, and Analysis Division at Maryland Department of the Environment.
He has a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, a B.S. in Physical Sciences and a B.S. in Geography, both from the University of Maryland in College Park. Mr. Seybold has spearheaded the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) effort to obtain measurements of inter-state transport of air pollutants. This initiative includes air pollution data collection from two research-grade air monitoring sites--one a rural, mountaintop location outside Frostburg, Maryland and the other in a metropolitan setting in Beltsville, Maryland. This same site also conducts balloon-borne measurements of vertical ozone concentrations and meteorological variables during the summer time. Mr. Seybold frequently teaches short-courses, provides informational presentations, and presents technical analysis for an assortment of federal, state, and local forums. His other duties at MDE include air quality analysis and forecasting and acting as the lead technical liaison for several university research contracts.
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