Atmospheric Sciences

Wildfire smoke trends worsening for Western U.S.

A new study shows how the timing and location of smoke impacts shift in August and September.


Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains

If the Great Plains becomes drier, the pieces are in place for a repeat of the 1930s Dust Bowl.


U students launch instruments to study Utah’s windstorm

Three undergraduates found a scientific opportunity in a destructive storm.


Utah’s spring air quality better than usual during pandemic

Air quality along the Wasatch Front in March is usually good, but the reduction in emissions from COVID-19 stay-at-home measures have made air quality even better than usual.


A light rail TRAX train departing a station, with a sign indicating the train is headed to Salt Lake City

TRAX air quality study expands

A U air monitoring project, expanded to TRAX’s Blue Line, shows how smoke from last year’s fireworks drifted through the valley.


We’ll start with thermostats

Students participating in an Honors College Praxis Lab set out to impact climate change—starting with thermostats.


‘Fire inversions’ lock smoke in valleys

U researchers show why fire inversions happen and offer new air quality prediction tools.


Arctic ice at a record low

100-year-old physics model replicates modern arctic ice melt.


The Wasatch Front: A living lab

A new cross-campus partnership multiplies and unifies the U’s environmental observations of the Wasatch Front.


MELDING PERSPECTIVES, FINDING SOLUTIONS

Society, Water and Climate Research Group melds scientific perspectives toward finding sustainable water solutions in a changing world.