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Susan O'Neill

Susan O'Neill

Research Air Quality Engineer
400 N 34th St., Suite 201
United States

Phone: 206-732-7851
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  • Washington State University, Ph.D. Laboratory for Atmospheric Research 2002
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana, M.S. Environmental Engineering Hydrogeological Engineering, Computer Science 1996

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Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Strand, T., B. Gullett, S. Urbanski, S. O’Neill, B. Potter, J. Aurell, A. Holder, N. Larkin, M. Moore, M. Rorig (2015). Smoke and Emissions Measurements – RxCADRE 2012. International J of Wildland Fire, 25(1), 102-113.

  • Navarro, K.M., R. Cisneros, S.M. O’Neill, D. Schweizer, N.K. Larkin, and J.R. Balmes (2016). Air-Quality Impacts and Intake Fraction of PM2.5 during the 2013 Rim Megafire. Environ. Sci. Technol.201650 (21), pp 11965–11973. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02252
  • Larkin, N.K., S.M. O'Neill, R. Solomon, S. Raffuse, T. Strand, D. Sullivan, C. Krull, M. Rorig, J. Peterson, S.A. Ferguson (2009). The BlueSky smoke modeling framework. Inter. J. Wildland Fire, 18, 906-920.

  • McKenzie, D., S.M. O’Neill, N. Larkin, R. Norheim (2006). Integrating Models to Predict Regional Haze from Wildland Fire. Ecological Modeling, Volume 199, Issue 3, 278-288.

  • O’Neill, S.M., P.W. Lahm, M.J. Fitch, M. Broughton (2013).Summary and Analysis of Approaches Linking Visual Range, PM2.5 Concentrations, and Air Quality Health Indices for Wildfires. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 63:9, 1083-1090, DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2013.806275.

  • O’Neill, S.M., P. Lahm, J.A. Matthews (2011). Basic Smoke Management Practices. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Note.
  • Barna, M. B., B. K. Lamb, S.M. O’Neill, H. Westberg, C. Figueroa-Kaminsky, S. Otterson, C. Bowman, J. DeMay (2000). Modeling Ozone Formation and Transport in the Cascadia Region of the Pacific Northwest, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 39, 349-366.

  • O’Neill, S.M., N.K. Larkin, J. Hoadley, G. Mills, J.K. Vaughan, R. Draxler, G. Rolph, M. Ruminski, S.A. Ferguson (2009). Regional Real-Time Smoke Prediction Systems. Book Chapter in Wildland Fires and Air Pollution, Developments in Environmental Science, vol. 8, edited by A. Bytnerowicz et al., pp 499-534, Elsevier B.V., Oxford, U.K
  • Chen, J., J. Avise, B. Lamb, E. Salathe, C. Mass, A. Guenther, C. Wiedinmyer, J.-F. Lamarque, S. O’Neill, D. McKenzie, and N. Larkin (2009). The effects of global changes upon regional ozone pollution in the United States. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 1125–1141.

  • Chen J., J. Vaughan, J. Avise, S. O'Neill, B. Lamb (2008a) Enhancement and evaluation of the AIRPACT ozone and PM2.5 forecast system for the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, D14305, doi:10.1029/2007JD009554.

  • Chen J., J. Avise J, B. Lamb, E. Salathé, C. Mass, A. Guenther, C. Wiedinmyer, J-F. Lamarque, S. O'Neill, D. McKenzie, and N. Larkin (2008b) The effects of global changes upon regional ozone pollution in the United States. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 8, 15165-15205
  • O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb, J. Chen, C. Claiborn, D. Finn, S. Otterson, C. Figueroa, C. Bowman, M. Boyer, R. Wilson, J. Arnold, S. Aalbers, J. Stocum, C. Swab, M. Stoll, M. DuBois, M. Anderson (2006). Modeling Ozone and Aerosol Formation and Transport in the Pacific Northwest with the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System. Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 1286-1299
  • O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb (2005). Inter-comparison of the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Model and CALGRID using Process Analysis. Environmental Science and Technology, 39 (15), 5742-5753.

  • Peterson, H.G., T. Donovan, S.M. O’Neill, B.K. Lamb (2003). Peak Concentrations and Plume Diffusion in the Atmospheric Surface Layer. Intermountain Journal of Sciences, Volume 9, No. 2/3:87-100, September 2003.

  • Peterson, H.G., D. Mazzolini, S.M. O’Neill, B.K. Lamb (1999). Instantaneous Spread of Plumes in the Surface Layer, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 38, 343-352.

  • Villasenor, R., C. Claiborn, B. K. Lamb, S.M. O’Neill (2001). Mesoscale Modeling of Wintertime Particulate Matter Episodes in Eastern Washington, USA. Atmospheric Environment, Volume 35, Issue 36, December 2001, 6479 – 6491
  • Weaver, C.P., Liang, X.-Z., Zhu, J., Adams, P.J., Amar, P., Avise, J., Caughey, M., Chen, J., Cohen, R.C., Cooter, E., Dawson, J.P., Gilliam, R., Gilliland, A., Goldstein, A.H., Grambsch, A., Grano, D., Guenther, A.B., Gustafson, W.I., Harley, R., He, S., Hemming, B., Hogrefe, C., Huang, H.-C., Hunt, S.W., Jacob, D.J., Kinney, P.L., Kunkel, K., Lamarque, J.-F., Lamb, B., Larkin, N.K., Leung, L.R., Liao, K.-J., Lin, J.-T., Lynn, B.H., Manomai phi boon, K., Mass, C., McKenzie, D., Mickley, L.J., O’Neill, S.M., Nolte, C., Pandis, S.N., Racherla, P.N., Rosenzweig, C., Russell, A.G., Salathé, E., Steiner, A.L., Tagaris, E., Tao, Z., Tonse, S., Wiedinmyer, C., Williams, A., Winner, D.A., Woo, J.-H., Wu, S., Wuebbles, D.J. (2009): A preliminary synthesis of modeled climate change impacts on U.S. regional ozone concentrations. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, 1843-1863, 10.1175/2009BAMS2568.1.

  • O’Neill, S., and S. Raffuse. 2021. Advances in satellite data for wildfire smoke forecasting, Eos, 102, Published on 26 February 2021.
  • Daniel A. Jaffe, Susan M. O’Neill, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Amara L. Holder, David L. Peterson, Jessica E. Halofsky and Ana G. Rappold. 2020. Wildfire and prescribed burning impacts on air quality in the United States, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 70:6, 583-615, 
  • Sean Mueller, Leland Tarnay, Susan O’Neill, and Sean Raffuse. 2020. Apportioning Smoke Impacts of 2018 Wildfires on Eastern Sierra Nevada Sites. Atmosphere, 11(9), 970; 
  • Majumder, S., Y. Guan, B. Reich, A. Rappold, and S. O'Neill. 2021. Statistical downscaling with spatial misalignment: Applicatin to wildland fire PM2.5 concentration forecasting. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 26, 23–44. 
  • Stephanie E. Cleland, J. Jason West, Yiqin Jia, Stephen Reid, Sean Raffuse, Susan O’Neill, and Marc L. Serre. 2020. Estimating Wildfire Smoke Concentrations During the October 2017 California Fires Through BME Space/Time Data Fusion of Observed, Modeled, and Satellite-Derived PM2.5. Environmental Science & Technology, 54 (21), 13439–13447.
  • Prichard, S.J., S.M. O’Neill, P. Eagle, A.G. Andreu, B. Drye, J. Dubowy, S. Urbanski, and T.M. Strand. 2020. Wildland fire emissions factors in North America: synthesis of existing data, measurement needs and management applications. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 29(2) 132-147.
  • Holder, A.L., B.K. Gullett, S.P. Urbanski, R. Elleman, S. O'Neill, D. Tabor, W. Mitchell, K.R. Baker (2017). Emissions from prescribed burning of agricultural fields in the Pacific Northwest, Atmospheric Environment 166, p.22-33.
  • Zhou, Luxi; Baker, Kirk R.; Napelenok, Sergey L.; Pouliot, George A.; Elleman, Robert; O'Neill, Susan M.; Urbanski, Shawn P.; Wong, David C. (2018). Modeling crop residue burning experiments to evaluate smoke emissions and plume transport. Science of The Total Environment 627:523-533.
  • Zou, Y., S.M. O’Neill, N.K. Larkin, E.C. Alvarado, R. Solomon, C. Mass, Y. Liu, M.T. Odman, and H. Shen. 2019a. Machine Learning-based Integration of High-resolution Wildfire Smoke Simulation and Observations for Regional Health Impact Assessment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(12), 2137;
  • Colton Miller, Susan O’Neill, Miriam Rorig, Ernesto Alvarado (2019). Air quality challenges of prescribed fire in the complex terrain and wildland urban interface surrounding Bend, Oregon. Atmosphere 2019, 10(9), 515;
  • Minghui Diao, Tracey Holloway, Seohyun Choi, Susan M. O’Neill, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V. Martin, Xiaomeng Jin, Arlene M. Fiore, Daven K. Henze, Forrest Lacey, Patrick L. Kinney, Frank Freedman, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Yufei Zou, James T. Kelly & Ambarish Vaidyanathan (2019) Methods, availability, and applications of PM2.5 exposure estimates derived from ground measurements, satellite, and atmospheric models, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 69:12, 1391-1414, DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2019.1668498

Research Highlights


Scientists Acquire Better Knowledge of Smoke Transport During Prescribed Burning in the Wildland-urban Interface of Bend, Oregon

Smoke from prescribed fires in the Deschutes National Forest has negatively affected the city of Bend, Oregon, nine times over the past two year ...


Scientists Publish National and International Methods of Linking Particulate Matter in the Air to Potential Health Impacts from Wildfire Smoke

Scientists with the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station pinpoint the limitations of using visual range measurement to estimate ...


Last updated on : 05/18/2021