J11.6 Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Trace Gases and Pollutants Observed with a Light Rail Vehicle Platform in Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, 24 June 2016: 2:45 PM
The Canyons (Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel)
Logan Mitchell, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; and E. T. Crosman, B. Fasoli, L. Leclair-Marzolf, A. A. Jacques, D. Mendoza, J. D. Horel, J. C. Lin, D. R. Bowling, and J. R. Ehleringer

Urban environments are characterized by both spatial complexity and temporal variability, each of which present challenges for measurement strategies aimed at constraining estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and air quality. To address these challenges we initiated a project in December 2014 to measure trace species (CO2, CH4, O3, and Particulate Matter) by way of a Utah Transit Authority (UTA) light rail vehicle whose route traverses the Salt Lake Valley in Utah on an hourly basis, retracing the same route through commercial, residential, suburban, and rural typologies. Light rail vehicles present advantages as a measurement platform, including the absence of in-situ fossil fuel emissions, repeated transects across a urban region that provides both spatial and temporal information, and relatively low operating costs. We present initial results from the first year of operations including the spatiotemporal patterns of greenhouse gases and pollutants across Salt Lake City, UT.
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