David Streets specializes in the impact of human activities on the atmospheric environment, particularly the generation and use of energy. 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. In recent years, he has participated in United Nations Environment Programme studies of black carbon, ozone and mercury. His research has focused on energy and environmental problems in China and the rest of Asia. He has participated in five NASA Asian air quality missions since 2000; this work has aided in the understanding of Asian air pollution and pollution transport to North America.
Streets is currently leading a major research project for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the representation of dynamic technology changes in emissions forecasting out to 2050. During 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. Streets developed the first assessment of all-time mercury releases into the Earth’s environment.
Streets has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and many other research organizations. He has authored or co-authored 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.