Research

November 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Analyzing Summertime Ozone Measurements in the Colorado Front Range

By Helen Cothrel
B.S. HTC Physics, Class of 2015

This summer I worked at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, CO, to study the Earth’s ozone layer. I received funding through an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, a two-year appointment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Education.

The title of my NOAA project was “Summertime Ozone Measurements in the Colorado Front Range.” I looked at summertime ozone exceedances in Colorado (i.e. ozone episodes above the 75 ppb standard), and possible correlations between high ozone levels and specific ozone precursors.

Identifying ozone exceedances that correlate with a certain precursor would allow us to identify what circumstances led to an exceedance, such as forest fires or gas and oil well activity.

Read more about Helen’s summer experience.

Helen Cothrel – Intern at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado – senior at Ohio University – Honors Tutorial College – physics major

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