Abstract Title

Atmospheric Impacts of Population Growth in a Semi-Arid Climate

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Environmental Engineering | Other Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

The goal of this research is to acquire a better understanding of how air quality is affected by population growth, climate, and other factors in the Boise Metropolitan area. This research is relevant as it assesses the concentration of harmful particles in the air, specifically those under ten microns in diameter (PM 10s and PM 2.5s). Due to the small size of these particles, they are extremely harmful to the human body.

PM data was collected with two Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposit Impactors on the roof of the Environmental Research Building of Boise State University in June and July of 2014-2016. Data was also collected utilizing dry and wet deposition methods at the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed in the Boise Foothills. The masses of PM were compared from each of these locations over June and July of 2014-2016 to determine the atmospheric impacts in a rural and urban semi-arid environment.

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Atmospheric Impacts of Population Growth in a Semi-Arid Climate

The goal of this research is to acquire a better understanding of how air quality is affected by population growth, climate, and other factors in the Boise Metropolitan area. This research is relevant as it assesses the concentration of harmful particles in the air, specifically those under ten microns in diameter (PM 10s and PM 2.5s). Due to the small size of these particles, they are extremely harmful to the human body.

PM data was collected with two Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposit Impactors on the roof of the Environmental Research Building of Boise State University in June and July of 2014-2016. Data was also collected utilizing dry and wet deposition methods at the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed in the Boise Foothills. The masses of PM were compared from each of these locations over June and July of 2014-2016 to determine the atmospheric impacts in a rural and urban semi-arid environment.