Title

Is wildfire smoke going to ruin your blue sky? An evaluation of a wildfire smoke forecasting tool.

Presenter Information

Maryssa Loehr

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Environmental Engineering

Research Advisor

Jeffrey Pierce and Emily Fischer (Colorado State University, Atmospheric Science and Climate dept.)

Funding Source

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates – Summer 2016

Abstract

Particulate matter decreases quality of life by harming physical health. Each year hundreds of fires occur across the United States including wildfires and prescribed burns. Wildfires release massive quantities of particulate matter into the air that can travel hundreds, or thousands, of miles. This research investigates the performance of the BlueSky wildfire smoke forecasting tool by comparing it to actual surface measurements during summer 2015. Analyzing any bias in concentration forecasts and plume arrival forecasts can help determine errors in the tool’s framework. Identifying these biases provides the first step to fixing them or accounting for them in real time use. This forecast tool may be used to help inform the public or decision makers about incoming wildfire smoke in order to take preventative measures to protect human health.

Biography

Maryssa Loehr is a senior studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. She is passionate about learning about and engineering solutions to atmospheric challenges, and she plans to focus her career endeavors towards this passion through air quality engineering. She is an active member of the Missouri S&T Symphonic Orchestra where she enjoys playing her violin. When not practicing her violin, she plays intramural sports, paints her nails, and plays video games.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Start Date

4-11-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-11-2017 3:00 PM

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Is wildfire smoke going to ruin your blue sky? An evaluation of a wildfire smoke forecasting tool.

Upper Atrium/Hall

Particulate matter decreases quality of life by harming physical health. Each year hundreds of fires occur across the United States including wildfires and prescribed burns. Wildfires release massive quantities of particulate matter into the air that can travel hundreds, or thousands, of miles. This research investigates the performance of the BlueSky wildfire smoke forecasting tool by comparing it to actual surface measurements during summer 2015. Analyzing any bias in concentration forecasts and plume arrival forecasts can help determine errors in the tool’s framework. Identifying these biases provides the first step to fixing them or accounting for them in real time use. This forecast tool may be used to help inform the public or decision makers about incoming wildfire smoke in order to take preventative measures to protect human health.