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Scientists at NCAR and partner organizations have launched a major field project across the northern Front Range of Colorado this month to track the origins of summertime ozone, an invisible but harmful pollutant. Known as the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), the study will track emissions from both human-related activities and natural sources. FRAPPÉ marks one of the largest research projects to look at summertime air pollution on the northern Front Range, including Denver, which often exceeds federal standards for safe levels of ground-level ozone pollution despite efforts to reduce emissions.
A press conference took place at EOL's Research Aviation Facility on Tuesday, July 15, to give journalists a chance to meet with principal investigators and tour some of the facilities involved with FRAPPÉ. The event drew coverage from a number of media outlets, including the Associated Press, Denver Post, and KUNC.
For more on FRAPPÉ, see the AtmosNews release and multimedia gallery, as well as the FRAPPÉ websites at EOL and NESL/ACD. A public open house is scheduled to be held at RAF on August 2.