Wildfires can significantly enhance summertime ozone and aerosol concentrations, which can degrade air quality and have adverse effects on human health. While air quality has improved across much of the U.S., the Western U.S. has seen a recent increase in wildfire activity. This project will assess the contribution of regional fires and long-range smoke transport to poor air quality in the Salt Lake Valley. This study will also improve our understanding of how wildfires interact with urban plumes, improve air quality modeling capabilities, and guide the implementation of effective regulatory policies.
Adam Kochanski (San Jose State University), Derek Mallia (UU), Kerry Kelly (UU)
Funded by Science for Solutions Research Grant: $79,768
This study, led by researchers at BYU, will use particulate matter (PM) sampling to identify regional dust sources that impact local air quality and public health, as well as model how dust sources might change in the future.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Greg Carling (BYU)
Funded by Science for Solutions Research Grant: $150,000