Funded by the Utah Legislature, the 18-month project is the first of any major city to place air quality monitors on top of light rail trains. Two atmospheric sciences undergraduates involved in the research, senior Ben Fasoli and junior Luke Leclair-Marzolf, took some time to answer questions about their experience.
Unique course allows students to make changes in the community. A year-long honors Praxis Lab called “Air Quality, Health and Society” has afforded 10 students the opportunity to comprehensively study the problem and take matters into their own hands.
The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may give researchers a new tool to track down the sources of pollutants and climate-changing carbon dioxide gas.