Air Monitoring Is Helping To Clean Our Town. Students perspective of Local Air Quality. Where Is Darrington?. Population 1,200 A small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Canada Rural environment, logging and timber industries.
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Air Monitoring Is Helping To Clean Our Town Students perspective of Local Air Quality
Where Is Darrington? • Population 1,200 • A small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Canada • Rural environment, logging and timber industries. • Known for our Bluegrass and Classic Rock Festivals.
Darrington But the surrounding mountains can cause air quality problems.
Darrington High School • Student body < 300. • Science Club- a diverse group Today………. • What we’ve learned as a result of this work.
Continuous fine Pm Nephelometer Aethalometer Air Monitoring at DHS
So what is our air quality like? • Good in the summer. • Smog and Ozone not a problem. • In the winter……?
What we have learned… • We have issues!
Our issues are… • Darrington has a pollution problem • Residential wood burning • Potential violation of EPA standards • Changing our behaviors will be a challenge. • Reducing wood burning will help correct the problem.
What have we learned and how can we make a difference • Pollution is a problem in Darrington. • Especially from wood burning • Not from the Mill • We can’t change the weather but can change ourselves.
What’s happening now • Our town is developing a program to replace wood burning devices. • Our science program is now focusing on air quality matters. • We are trying to get more people to see the benefits of cleaning our air. • Every day now we look to see what is really happening.
Our teacher’s perspective • Science program and community benefits • Ties with Biology and Earth Science topics • Students make broader connections and relevance to their own lives and families’ health • A new awareness of atmospheric pollutants • The opportunity for student learning in multiple disciplines
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Air Quality and Meteorology • When there is bad weather the pollution becomes trapped in our valley.
Human behavior and the Weather • People behave differently as the weather changes • Winter wood burning • This adds to air pollution especially when the weather is stagnant • Results impact our quality of life
Temperature Inversions and Air Stagnation • What does temperature do with elevation? • What is a Temperature Inversion? • What role does Temperature play in Air Quality
Pollution is mixed out Normal conditions Temp Decreases With elevation
Temp Increases with elevation then decreases Top of inversion