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Contribution of Biomass Burning to Carbonaceous Aerosols in Mexico City During May 2013

Zitely Tzompa
June 27, 2014

The Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) is one of the largest megacities in the world with a population of over 20 million people. The city lies in an elevated semi-enclosed air basin where the air quality is strongly influenced by seve...

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The Hydroclimate of the Upper Colorado River Basin and the Western United States

Becky Bolinger
April 10, 2014

Understanding water budget variability of the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB) is critical, as changes can have major impacts on the region’s vulnerable water resources. Using in situ, reanalysis, and satellite-derived datasets, surf...

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Factors Affecting Lightning Behavior in Various Regions of the United States

Brody Fuchs
March 6, 2014

Lightning activity varies greatly on a global scale. Global maps of total flash density show a strong tendency for lightning to favor continental areas over the open ocean, even in regions with similar instability. Previous studies have ...

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The Relative Influence of Aerosols and the Environment on Organized Tropical and Midlatitude Deep Convection

Leah Grant
February 14, 2014

In this two-part study, the relative impacts of aerosols and the environment on organized deep convection, including tropical sea-breeze convection and midlatitude supercellular and multicellular deep convection, are investigated within ...

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Wintertime Aerosol in Las Vegas, Nevada

Steve Brown
January 17, 2014

Numerous studies have found adverse health effects in subjects who live next to major roadways due to air pollution; in particular, there can be severe impacts on lung function and development in children living and/or attending school n...

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