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Contributions of Prescribed and Wildland Fire to Air Quality in the Southern Sierra Nevada, CaliforniaEPA Grant Number: F5B61260
Title: Contributions of Prescribed and Wildland Fire to Air Quality in the Southern Sierra Nevada, California
Investigators: Cisneros, Ricardo
Institution: University of California - Merced
EPA Project Officer: Zambrana, Jose
Project Period: August 1, 2005 through August 1, 2008
Project Amount: $101,952
RFA: GRO Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study (2005) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships
The goals of this research project is to determine the contribution wildland and prescribed fire to particulate matter (PM2.5), and ozone in the Southern Sierra Nevada, and to assess the impacts of fire on air quality.
A network for monitoring ambient ozone and particulate matter in the Southern Sierra will be established. This network will include active and passive monitors and will allow for estimations of air pollutants resulting from anthropogenic and agricultural activities. During Fire events (Prescribed or Wildfire), mobile instruments will supplement the fixed air monitoring network and would be deployed near the fire. This will help characterize effects of fire on ground level ozone and PM2.5.
The information developed from this study will help determining the contribution of wildland and prescribed fire to PM2.5 and ground level ozone concentrations, and will help fill the information gap of fire effects on air quality in the Southern Sierra Nevada.