Lecture to focus on Interior winter air quality

 

Photo by Gerhard Kramm This photo illustrates emissions settling into the Tanana Valley during an inversion.

Photo by Gerhard Kramm
This photo illustrates emissions settling into the Tanana Valley during an inversion.

Amy Hartley
907-474-5823
1/14/13

Local, borough, state and federal officials struggle with what should be done to address Interior Alaska’s chronic winter air-quality issues. The topic is a political hot potato, but scientists are looking at the facts: Low temperatures, no wind and strong inversions keep pollutants at street-level in the Fairbanks area. What combination of alternatives will work to make our air cleaner?

Nicole Mölders will give a lecture explaining the conditions that cause unhealthy winter air quality in Interior Alaska Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mölders, professor at the Geophysical Institute and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will present “Air Pollution in Fairbanks – Causes & Search for Mitigation,” the third installment in the 21st annual Science for Alaska Lecture Series.

The Geophysical Institute and UAF are sponsoring the 2013 Science for Alaska lectures. The series runs on Saturdays through Jan. 26 and is free to the public. Coffee and questions will follow each lecture.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Nicole Mölders at 907-474-7910 or cmoelders@alaska.edu. Stevie Seibert, GI public relations assistant, at 907-474-5229 or skseibert@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: http://www.scienceforalaska.com

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