Dr. Streets specializes in the impact of human activities, particularly the generation and use of energy, on the atmospheric environment. He has been active in the preparation of integrated assessments and policy evaluations of acid deposition, energy policy, urban air quality, and global climate change. He was a leading participant in the U.S. National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program in the 1980s and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the 1990s. He has also studied mercury emissions.
In recent years, his research has focused on energy and environmental problems in China and the rest of Asia. He participated in the NASA TRACE-P and the NOAA/NSF ACE-Asia missions. This work has aided our understanding of Asian air pollution and pollution transport to North America.
He is currently participating in EPA’s ICAP and GCAP projects as well as the NASA INTEX and ARCTAS missions. In the past three years, his research has included the development of mercury emission inventories, their use in atmospheric models, and the interpretation of source strengths and fluxes in various parts of the world, particularly developing countries.
He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the U.N. ECE, and many other research organizations. He has authored or co-authored 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.