NASA profiles Pierce’s work on high-ozone events

NASA’s Kurt Blankenship, Matt Kowaleski, Laura Judd and Taylor Thorson are conducting science flights on NASA Langley’s UC-12 aircraft as part of the Lake Michigan Ozone Study.
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HAQAST investigator Brad Pierce’s work on high-ozone events over Lake Michigan was recently profiled by NASA.

“NASA researchers are conducting science flights along the Wisconsin-Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline to help better understand the formation and transport of ozone, a potent air pollutant in the region.

The flights are part of the Lake Michigan Ozone Study (LMOS), a collaborative, multi-agency field experiment using aircraft, ground, and ship-based measurements to look at high-ozone events in cities and towns along the Wisconsin-Illinois lakeshore.

Ozone can cause shortness of breath, coughing, inflammation of the airways and make the lungs more susceptible to infection. It can also aggravate lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The study is specifically zeroing in on why ozone concentrations are highest along the lakeshore and drop off sharply inland.”

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