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The Red Butte Canyon Ozone Network:
Leveraging Existing Infrastructure to Probe Background Concentrations, Canyon Flows, and Stratospheric Oxidant Exchange

  • Principal Investigators: Principal Investigators: Logan Mitchell, Ryan Bares, David Eiriksson (UU)
  • Study Period: July 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021
  • Funded by Science for Solutions Research Grant: $39,833
  • DAQ Contact: Rachel Edie

Ozone is a pollutant that impacts air quality and public health along the Wasatch Front during the summertime and can also contribute to particulate matter (PM) formation during the wintertime. The goal of this study is to understand how ozone from the upper atmosphere impacts ozone levels within the Salt Lake Valley, and how ozone-rich air flowing through mountain canyons contributes to PM formation in the winter.

This study will deploy a number of ozone sensors at different distances up Red Butte Canyon to better understand natural gradients in ozone and how phenomena like large thunderstorms and valley drainage flows contribute to ozone concentrations in the SLV. Understanding background ozone levels and ozone contributions from the upper atmosphere is important for regulatory purposes and emission control strategies.

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