Project Analyzes Effects of Wildfire Smoke

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(Photo by Tony Hisgett, Creative Commons)
(Photo by Tony Hisgett, Creative Commons)

Smoke from wildfires has become more common throughout states in the west in recent years as the hot dry climate continues to provide fuel for what has become a severe problem for many.

A research group headed by University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Shane Murphy, are currently performing a comprehensive study on the effects that wildfire smoke has on the weather, the climate, and air quality. UW Communications Director Chad Baldwin says the university’s research aircraft, “The King Air,” is being used for the project.

Baldwin said the project will continue through the end of the month and that it is funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Earth Observing Laboratory.

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