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Date:2/2/2011

e entire depth of the cold-air pools and have the temperature and moisture data radioed back automatically to a computer on the ground."

Crosman and Lareau coordinated data collection during the field project.

"We've used Facebook and a blog to keep our volunteers informed of what we're doing and why," says Crosman. "The National Science Foundation really has encouraged us to involve undergraduates in field work."

Lareau adds: "It's been a great way to provide some initial thoughts about our results and helped scientists be involved even if they were unable to come to Salt Lake City. We intend to keep our web-based data portal http://pcaps.utah.edu as a resource once the field project wraps up on Feb. 7, and all of our data including thousands of photos are available to the public. We've also had elementary, middle and high school students visit during some of our weather balloon launches. They've been able to see the equipment required to observe the atmosphere and how science can be a lot of fun."

Whiteman says the National Science Foundation grant will allow researchers to spend the next two years analyzing the meteorological data and determining "how meteorological models can be improved to provide more accurate simulations of the weather affecting the pollution episodes."

"We're not going to solve the air pollution problem," Horel says. "That may require additional regulation on industry and the public. What we're doing is improving the kinds of information that might eventually be available to decision makers."


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Contact: Lee Siegel
leesiegel@ucomm.utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah
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