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Monday Seminar - Wildfires in western North America: Towards a new understanding of their chemistry

Monday, November 02, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


James Roberts

Chemical Sciences Division, NOAA Earth Sciences Research Laboratory


ARC room 620

Wildfires are becoming more frequent and more intense in the western U.S. and are expected to increase in importance due to a shift in forest management practices, and projected warmer, drier regional climate. These fires have climate, air quality and health impacts that result from the chemical and physical properties of emissions. NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Division is leading a multi-year, multi-platform research project, Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment, (FIREX), aimed at improving our understanding of wildfire impacts. I will talk about some current research on fire emissions, focusing primarily on nitrogen species, and their photochemical and multi-phase processing.