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Project ID: 05-3-1-03

Year: 2006

Date Started: 12/08/2005

Date Completed: 05/15/2009

Title: Tools for Estimating Contributions of Wildland and Prescribed Fires to Air Quality in the Southern Sierra Nevada, California

Project Proposal Abstract: A comprehensive network for monitoring ambient ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM) in the southern Sierra Nevada will be established as a joint effort between the USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service, the University of Houston and University of California in Merced. This network of passive and active monitors will allow for the estimation of spatial and temporal distributions of air pollutants resulting from urban and agricultural activities. During fire events, this network and mobile instruments will help to characterize effects of prescribed and wildland fires on the ground-level O3 and PM concentrations. Maps of estimated ambient O3 and PM concentrations will be developed with a Geostatistical Analyst model. Additionally, the BlueSky dynamic modeling system will be adapted and run for the southern Sierra Nevada conditions providing forecasts of PM concentrations resulting from forest fires. A statistical model for forecasting next day or next week O3 and PM levels (with specified precisions) will be developed based on ground monitoring data, meteorological conditions, estimated background O3 and PM distribution from geostatistical models, and predicted contributions of fires from the BlueSky model. Such forecast will be done in absence and presence of prescribed fires. Another statistical tool will be developed for evaluating and estimating the precisions of the BlueSky PM forecasts.

Principal Investigator: Andrzej S. Bytnerowicz

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Carolyn T. Hunsaker

Forest Service

PSW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fresno

Co-Principal Investigator

Haiganoush K Preisler

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station

Federal Cooperator

Annie Esperanza

NPS-National Park Service

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   69 Book  
view or print   70 Book  
view or print   71 Book  
view or print   72 Book  
view or print   1013 Government Publication Evaluation of BlueSky Smoke Dispersion Modeling Framework Using Data from Wildfire Events in California
view or print   1530 Government Publication A Statistical Approach to Ozone Forecasting During Fire Season in the National Parks, Sierra Nevada, California
view or print   1256 Government Publication A 28-Year Haines Index Climatology for North America
view or print   1257 Government Publication The Impact of Complex Terrain and Associated Atmospheric Processes on the Transport and Dispersion of Smoke from the October 2007 Southern California Wildland Fires
view or print   1440 Government Publication Analysis of the Effects of Combustion Emissions, Freeway Closure and Santa Ana Winds on Air Quality During the October 2007 Southern California Wildfires
view or print   827 Photo Changing passive samplers at White Mountains, CA, August 2008.
view or print   830 Photo Lightning-Caused FIre in Eastern Sierra Nevada
view or print   4384 Book or Book Chapter  
view or print   4385 Book or Book Chapter  
view or print   4386 Book or Book Chapter  
view or print   4387 Book or Book Chapter  
view or print   4388 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Examples of One-Day-Ahead Ozone Forecasts
view or print   4389 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Maps of Background Air Pollutants for Southern Sierra Nevada From Three Field Seasons 2006-2008

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