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Project ID: 01-1-5-01

Year: 2002

Date Started: 03/01/2002

Date Completed: 08/10/2006

Title: Fire Effects on Regional Air Quality Including Visibility

Project Proposal Abstract: While considerable research has been done on coarse particulate emissions (PM0), there is less information on fine particulates and aerosols that contribute to regional haze. To meet new air quality monitoring requirements, there will be a need for improved information on fire emissions and their fate in the atmosphere and for consistent approaches to adequately identify and document the contribution of wildiand fire to regional haze. This proposal works to quantify the impacts of smoke on regional air quality, especially regional haze, using tools that will be used by the regulatory community for its development of emissions restrictions on fire and other sources. We will develop a fire smoke emissions inventory for selected periods and regions in support of regional air quality modeling and update the existing NET emissions inventory to include smoke from fire. We also propose to process the updated fire emissions inventory through SMOKE to generate the necessary input data for regional air quality models, and the third task proposes to add fire emissions to an ongoing regional air quality modeling activity. Finally, we will evaluate results of these simulations against regional measurements of visibility and aerosol species concentrations at IMPROVE monitoring locations throughout the western United States. Models or systems developed will be broadly applicable and acceptable to Federal, State, Tribal, and local wildland and air quality managers. They will also be compatible with the computing capabilities of users (e.g., Federal, State, Tribal, and local managers) through the WRAP website and with implementation in a query-able national data base structure.

Principal Investigator: William C. Malm

Agency/Organization: Colorado State University

Branch or Dept: Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jason K. S. Ching

EPA-Environmental Protection Agency

Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Division

Co-Principal Investigator

Douglas G. Fox

Private Consulting

Private Consulting

Co-Principal Investigator

Michael Hanna

Colorado State University

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Federal Cooperator

William C. Malm

Colorado State University

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

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
  go to website 977 Government Publication Comparisons of model output with selected IMPROVE monitoring sites. Produce report and publish on WRAP web site.
  go to website 562 Website Project datasets and results will be published on WRAP Ambient Monitoring and Reporting Forum (AMRF) website.
  go to website 563 Dataset (including spatial) Detailed emissions inventory for January and July of 1996. Report on WRAP web site.
  go to website 596 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Operating version of SMOKE adapted to allow fire smoke inputs. Produce report and tool to be made available on WRAP web site.
  go to website 597 Dataset (including spatial) Results of Western Regional Air Quality with and without fire emissions. Produce report and publish on WRAP web site.
  go to website 599 Website  

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