Air Quality in the National Parks: Outcome of a Citizen Science Course Project Outcomes

dc.creatorChen, Anna
dc.creatorSullivan, Colleen
dc.creatorBetts, Nicole
dc.creatorHammons, Emilie
dc.creatorIllingworth, Parker
dc.creatorSears, Libby
dc.creatorJohnson, Kristina
dc.creatorLarson, Rowdy
dc.descriptionCitizen science uses the collective strength of communities and the public to identify research questions, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and make discoveries to understand and solve environmental problems. This volume presents a citizen science project conducted as part of a Geology of National Parks course taught in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. The goal is to use publicly-available, easily understandable, scientific environmental data to document and call attention to significant environmental issues facing a U.S. national park. Students questioned assertions in Daly (2019) Significant Air Pollution Plagues Almost All U.S. National Parks, Smithsonian Magazine that researchers found 85% of U.S. national parks have air that is unhealthy to breathe. The article also reported 89% of parks suffer from haze, and 96% have ozone and other pollutants that cause health concerns for visitors. These assertions can be tested by publicly available, real-time air quality data. This volume presents air quality measurements from Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Guadalupe Mountains, and Grand Canyon national parks throughout September 2020. The data is used to evaluate the article's assertionsen_US
dc.description.departmentEarth and Planetary Sciencesen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCatlos, Elizabeth J.
dc.description.tableofcontentsp. 2 Yosemite National Park Air Quality Report for 9/2-9/30/2020 Using Airnow and Air Matters / by Anna Chen -- p. 9 Yosemite National Park Air Quality Report for 9/1-9/30/20 Using Air Matters and NPS Apps / by Colleen Sullivan -- p. 18 Citizen Science Air Quality Report for 9/2/2020-9/30/2020 Over Yellowstone National Park's West Entrance using the U.S. National Park Service, Air Quality Matters Website, and the Wunderground Website / by Nicole Betts -- p. 27 Citizen Science Air Quality Report for 9/1-9/29/2020 Over Yellowstone National Park using the National Park Service Website / by Emilie Hammons -- p. 35 Citizen Science Air Quality Report for 9/1-9/30/2020 Over the Yellowstone National Park Using the NPS and / by Parker Illingworth -- p. 42 Citizen Science Air Quality Report for 9/9-9/29/2020 Over Yellowstone National Park Using Live Weather & Air Quality Data from the National Park Service / by Libby Sears -- p. 48 Monitoring the Air Quality in Guadalupe Mountains National Park / by Kristina Johnson -- p. 61 Citizen Science Air Quality Report for 9/1-10/1/2020 Over the Grand Canyon National Park Using Python and the Airnow and Purpleair Apps / by Rowdy Larson
dc.relation.ispartofStudent Worksen_US
dc.subjectcitizen scienceen_US
dc.subjectair qualityen_US
dc.subjectnational parksen_US
dc.subjectYosemite National Parken_US
dc.subjectYellowstone National Parken_US
dc.subjectGuadalupe National Parken_US
dc.subjectGrand Canyon National Parken_US
dc.titleAir Quality in the National Parks: Outcome of a Citizen Science Course Project Outcomesen_US

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