Special Issue "Air Quality in Utah, USA: In Partnership with the Air Quality: Science for Solutions 4"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
Interests: winter ozone; emissions by the fossil fuel industry; statistical modeling of environmental data; transport of pollutants across the air/water and the air/snow interfaces; atomospheric chemistry under dry; cold conditions
Utah, USA has unique winter air quality issues related to thermal inversion phenomena in its valleys and basins. During wintertime inversion episodes, the valleys along the Wasatch Front in north–central Utah experience frequent PM2.5 exceedances, while the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah experiences frequent ozone exceedances. High wintertime ozone occurs, so far as we know, in only two regions worldwide as a result of the interplay between several different causative agents. Chemical pathways differ from those in urban summertime ozone systems because the air is colder and drier and because the pollution speciation is different. Interactions with the snowpack may also be important. The difficulty in meteorological modeling of thermal inversions, especially given the complex topography of these valleys and basins, is another complicating factor. These air quality issues impact the health, economy, and quality of life in the state and mitigation strategies based on sound science are needed.
To stimulate progress in the understanding of the unique air quality issues in the State, the journal Atmosphere is planning to produce a Special Issue in partnership with the "Air Quality: Science for Solutions 4" (https://harbor.weber.edu/Airqualityscience/). I am writing to encourage you or your colleagues to submit original research papers related to Utah’s air quality. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Measurements and modeling of emissions having an impact on Utah’s air quality, including poorly characterized emission sources;
- Meteorological measurements and modeling aimed at a better understanding of thermal inversion phenomena;
- Measurements and modeling of air chemistry in the State, including winter ozone and aerosol formation, and interactions with the snowpack;
- Health, economic or quality of life impacts.
Dr. Marc L. Mansfield
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- Utah air quality
- Winter ozone
- Uinta basin
- Wasatch Front
- Persistent thermal inversions