Utah Summer Ozone Study

Where: Salt Lake City, Utah

When: 15 July - 18 August 2024

SLC summer day
Salt Lake City, Utah on a summer day. Photo: ABC4 News SLC

How: NOAA CSL will carry out observations through a combination of mobile laboratory (instrumented vehicle and small aircraft) measurements and augmentation of fixed ground sites with research grade instruments.

NOAA CSL will conduct a study of summertime ozone in the Wasatch Front region of northern Utah in the summer of 2024. This region (population of 2.5 million and growing), exhibits regular exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. Measurements of the spatial distribution and speciation of major ozone precursors (NOx and VOCs) and the structure of the planetary boundary layer within the Great Salt Lake basin, together with additional chemical measurements and meteorological data, will enable better understanding of the factors that lead to high ozone.

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