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Kai Wilmot: From Runner to Researcher

Members of the HART team are often drawn to the group because of a passion for the environment and a desire to pursue research in the atmospheric sciences. For wildfire researcher Kai Wilmot, this couldn’t be more true. In a recent story by Dyestat.com, writer Dave Devine explores Kai’s journey from an extremely successful long-distance …

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Now Hiring Lab Technician: Atmospheric Sciences

The University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences is now hiring a full-time lab technician! This position will work with multiple groups within the department including the HART team. Interested individuals can find more information and apply for the position using this link: https://employment.utah.edu/salt-lake-city-ut/lab-technician-atmospheric-sciences/A4B877EC493F44AC903025133E557096/job/ If you like instrumentation, atmospheric sciences, and great views then this …

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Kai’s Paper Published in Environmental Research Letters

Congratulations to Ph.D. student and HART Team member Kai Wilmont for his recent publication in Environmental Research Letters! The paper titled “Expanding number of Western US urban centers face declining summertime air quality due to enhanced wildland fire activity” analyzes how current wildfire trends in the Western US will impact air quality. Kai’s study utilizes …

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New Instruments Measuring the Impact of Dust on Snow Coming to Storm Peak Laboratory

A new article from the Steamboat Pilot announced that Storm Peak Laboratory will be adding pyranometers in the fall of 2021 to better understand the impact of dust on snow. Pyranometers, which measure how solar radiation interacts with snow, provide valuable insight into how dust impacts the occurrence and timing of snowmelt. When dust lands …

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Newly Published Paper Features Ross and Gannet as Co-Authors

Congratulations to Ross Petersen and Dr. Gannet Hallar for their work on the recently published paper titled “The Role of Coarse Aerosol Particles as a Sink of HNO3 in Wintertime Pollution Events in the Salt Lake Valley.” Ross and Gannet are both co-authors on the publication which analyzes the chemistry that accompanies wintertime pollution events, also …

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Dr. Gannet Hallar’s Interview About Dust Events on BYU Radio

This past week, the BYU Radio show “Top Of Mind With Julie Rose” invited Dr. Gannet Hallar for an interview to discuss the science behind dust storms. Throughout the interview, Dr. Hallar goes into detail discussing aspects of dust events including the conditions required for dust storms, anthropogenic activity that effects dust storms, legislation regarding …

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BBC Podcast “Science in Action” Features Andy’s Work

The October 29, 2020 “Science in Action” Podcast includes a feature on Andy Lambert and Gannet Hallar’s work on the paper “Dust Impacts of Rapid Agricultural Expansion on the Great Plains.” Information about feedback cycles, land use changes, and how climate change plays a role in the increase of dust are all discussed. The episode …

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Andy’s Paper Featured in Science Magazine

Andy’s published paper was recently featured in a Science Magazine article titled, “Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns.” Both Andy Lambert and Dr. Gannet Hallar are featured in the piece that details some of the striking similarities between current trends and the 20th century Dust Bowl. Having a paper featured in …

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New Publication by Andy Lambert: “Dust Impacts of Rapid Agricultural Expansion on the Great Plains”

Congratulations to Andy Lambert and Gannet Hallar for their recent publication titled “Dust Impacts of Rapid Agricultural Expansion on the Great Plains”. By using remote sensing measurements and aerosol monitoring networks including IMPROVE and AERONET, the article dives into the long-term trends observed in the Great Plains region of the US finding a 5% annual …

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