Science Questions

  • What is the impact of stratosphere-to-troposphere transport of ozone on air quality in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV)?
  • How does long-range transport of pollution and biomass burning plumes from Asia affect ozone levels in the SJV?
  • Where do the elevated ozone layers in the SJV originate and how do they evolve?
  • Which mechanisms are responsible for the high ozone levels in Sequoia NP?
  • What is the impact of fires on ozone in the SJV (Soberanes Fire, controlled burns)?
  • What is the influence of intra-state transport of ozone on air quality in the SJV?
  • How does the boundary layer (BL) in the SJV evolve and to what degree does entrainment of lower free tropospheric air affect SJV surface ozone levels?
  • How well do air quality models represent ozone transport on synoptic, regional, and local scales?