Simultaneously achieving our air quality management, ecosystem conservation, and climate change mitigation goals

What is GLIMPSE?

GLIMPSE is a tool to find US policy scenarios that simultaneously improve air quality human health, reduce impacts to ecosystems, and mitigate climate change. It is designed to be fast -- to allow decision-makers to explore a range of options, as well as comprehensive -- to avoid unintended consequences.

How does it work?

GLIMPSE couples an energy system model, to understand the impact of policy actions on emissions, and an atmospheric chemistry-transport model, to understand the impact of emissions on short-lived climate forcers, greenhouse gases, and human health costs of air pollutants. We have developed a range of US energy system scenarios and quantified their human health and climate change impacts. Here it is possible to download these data and explore these scenarios.


  • April 2, 2012: GLIMPSEv1.0 datasets and scenarios are now available.
  • June 13, 2012: GLIMPSE at NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team Meeting in Madison, WI: presentation
  • May 30, 2013: GLIMPSE at the Region III State Air Director's meeting: presentation
  • Sept 18, 2013: GLIMPSE manuscript published in Environmental Science & Technology

Comments or Questions? Contact: Rob Pinder