Great Salt Lake Summer Ozone Study

Principal Investigator:

John Horel, University of Utah
Erik Crosman, University of Utah
Susan Bush, University of Utah
Randy Martin, Utah State University

DAQ Contact:

Chris Pennell

DAQ (Division of Air Quality) monitoring found high levels of ozone near the Great Salt Lake from 2010-2013. The Division also found a wide variance in the concentration of ozone in the stable air pocket over the lake during the summertime. Though the mechanisms behind air flow in lake and coastal regions have been studied extensively in the past, how that flow affects ozone accumulation and formation in surrounding regions has not been explored. A better understanding of the patterns of ozone formation over the Great Salt Lake will help DAQ provide more accurate forecasts of ozone conditions and improve the photochemical modeling that will be necessary to more fully analyze the sources and interactions responsible for high ozone concentrations.

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