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Title: Determining the impact of wildland fires on ground level ambient ozone levels in California

Authors: Cisneros, Ricardo; K. Preisler, Haiganoush; Schweizer, Donald; Gharibi, Hamed

Date: 2020

Source Atmosphere. 11(10): 1131

Abstract: Wildland fire smoke is visible and detectable with remote sensing technology. Using this technology to assess ground level pollutants and the impacts to human health and exposure is more difficult. We found the presence of satellite derived smoke plumes for more than a couple of hours in the previous three days has significant impact on the chances of ground level ozone values exceeding the norm. While the magnitude of the impact will depend on characteristics of fires such as size, location, time in transport, or ozone precursors produced by the fire, we demonstrate that information on satellite derived smoke plumes together with site specific regression models provide useful information for supporting causal relationship between smoke from fire and ozone exceedances of the norm. Our results indicated that fire seasons increasing the median ozone level by 15 ppb. However, they seem to have little impact on the metric used for regulatory compliance, in particular at urban sites, except possibly during the 2008 forest fires in California.

Keywords: wildland fire smoke, autoregressive model, exceptional events, estimating ozone norms

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    Cisneros, Ricardo; K. Preisler, Haiganoush; Schweizer, Donald; Gharibi, Hamed. 2020. Determining the impact of wildland fires on ground level ambient ozone levels in California. Atmosphere. 11(10): 1131. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11101131.
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