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Kiran Bhaganagar from the University of Texas at San Antonio used computer models on Stampede2 to replicate the dispersal of chemical gas from the April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack in northwest Syria.

The accuracy of her simulations showed the ability to capture real world conditions despite a scarcity of information.

Recently, she developed a coarser model that uses a database of seasonal conditions as background information to speed up the calculations, reducing the forecasting time from days to minutes.

She is using similar methods to create pollution forecasting tools for local communities.

Bhaganagar's research is supported by the U.S. Department of Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center and the National Science Foundation


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