People in Salt Lake City are very aware of air quality issues that occur during inversion events. As a result, there is great local interest in the work that we’re doing here. To keep people informed, we held a media day on Wednesday, February 1. Interest was particularly high because we were in the midst of the strongest inversion event so far this year.

Steve talks with the media


Representatives from several media outlets came to visit the airplane and interview the scientists and pilots about the project. In the following days there were many stories in the local Salt Lake City news about both the aircraft operations and the ground-based measurements being made.




The following stories have appeared on the local news:

NOAA offers closer look at plane used to study utah’s air pollution from Fox 13

Researchers hope to learn more about the inversion by flying through it from CBS 2

Scientists take flight to study Utah’s winter smog from NPR affiliate KUER

Inversion aversion: Research, initiative strike at Utah’s pollution problem from KSL

Researchers hope to learn more about how pollutants get formed, trapped in Cache Valley from KSL

Weber students “atmosniff” the sky as part of large-scale inversion study from the Standard Examiner


More general articles on Utah’s air quality:

Utah is the land of ski runs, pristine parks and a really bad smog problem from the LA Times

Amid nasty inversion, Utah Legislature outlines clean air initiatives from Deseret News

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