Bahreini lab participates in the FRAPPE study in Colorado
Prof. Roya Bahreini and her two Environmental Toxicology graduate students, Kennedy Vu and Justin Dingle, sent the summer working on the FRAPPE air pollution study in Colorado. As described by Kennedy, their group "recently completed an intensive air quality study over the Colorado Front Range in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), NASA, and NSF. The campaign acronym “FRAPPE” (Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment) has an overall goal of studying the sources and sinks that may be contributing to the ozone problem in the greater Colorado area. We were representing UC Riverside and the Environmental Toxicology Program among two dozen teams with various instrumentation. This flight campaign utilized the spacious cabin of the C130 to house several instruments in which we deployed our Aerosol Mass Spectrometer and our Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift Spectrometer to measure aerosol composition and extinction. Over 80 flight hours later, we have successfully completed our missions with promising results. We will be spending the next few months critically analyzing our data which will drive policy and control measures for the future air quality of Colorado!" Kennedy provided the following photos. For more information, please see the FRAPPE web page with its associated links. It sounds like it was a great experience for our UCR participants. My thanks to Kennedy for the information and the photos.