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December 18, 2017

SOURCE: New grants bolster CSU expertise in wildfire smoke impacts

For more than a decade, CSU researchers have led groundbreaking experimental inquiries into understanding smoke from fires ­– everything from how breathable particles grow and beget new particles to how such smoke limits regional air quality and visibility. Sonia Kreidenweis, University Distinguished Professor and professor of atmospheric science, and Jeffrey Collett, professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Science, have led several studies using data from open biomass burns at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab. They looked at physical, chemical and optical properties of combustion emissions from 33 plant materials in over 250 laboratory burns starting in the early 2000s.

Now, Shantanu Jathar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Jeff Pierce, associate professor of atmospheric science, are taking that foundational work many steps forward, thanks to support from a handful of grants.

Read the full SOURCE article, “New grants bolster CSU expertise in wildfire smoke impacts.”