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Longmont Museum: The Air We Breathe: Front Range Air Quality

Event postponed

Presented in collaboration with NCAR's Explorer Series and the City of Longmont's Sustainability Program.

Find out what's in the air we breathe, how far it travels, and what we know and don't know about the origin of Front Range pollution.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) uses aircraft, mobile radars, balloon-mounted sensors, and complex computer simulations to measure local air pollution.

Head shot of Frank Flocke and Gabriele PfisterAbout Frank Flocke

Frank Flocke has been working as a scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling (ACOM) Laboratory at NCAR for over 20 years. He came to NCAR from the Institute for Tropospheric Chemistry at Research Center Jülich in Germany after receiving his Ph.D. from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in 1992.

Using mainly aircraft measurements, Frank has been involved in research in the field of air quality, pollution transport and chemical interactions and transformations of anthropogenic and natural emissions, and how these processes change the chemistry and composition of the troposphere. He served as a principal investigator and chief aircraft scientist for the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ) in 2014.

About Gabriele Pfister

Gabriele Pfister received her PhD at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria and has been at NCAR since 2002. Her expertise is in the integration of measurements from satellites, aircraft and ground with chemical transport models to investigate the links between local, regional and global air pollution. By combining modeling with satellite and field campaign data she has made important contributions to understanding regional and local air quality including impacts of natural sources in relation to contributions from human activities or trans-boundary and long-range pollution transport. She is a principal investigator on the NSF and State of Colorado Front Range Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), an intense field experiment that took place together with NASA DISCOVER-AQ in summer 2014, with the objective to study air quality over Colorado.

Program Details

Join us for a free lecture with NCAR scientists Frank Flocke and Gabriele Pfister. Following the lecture, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Longmont Museum
400 Quail Road
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Event Postponed - Future Date TBD