Hallar Aerosol Research Team (HART)
The Hallar Aerosol Research Team (HART) seeks to understand connections between the atmosphere, biosphere, and climate, along with the impact of anthropogenic (human) emissions on these connections. At the HART lab, led by Dr. Gannet Hallar, students will gain hands-on experience with aerosol instrumentation through work with a variety of instruments in an aerosol monitoring lab constructed on the 8th floor of the university's William Browning Building. Students who are interested will also have opportunities to gain field work experience through set-up and maintenance of aerosol monitoring equipment, often deployed in mountain regions, like the Atwater site at Alta Ski Resort and/or Storm Peak Laboratory. The stream objectives are to use the aerosol data record from Storm Peak Laboratory and measurements at the U. of Utah (HART lab) to understand trends in increasing wildfire smoke. The goals of your research during the Spring and Summer of 2024 are to learn foundations skills in R-studio to analyze data and apply trend statistics. You will also use the HART lab (WBB 8th floor) to work with aerosol instrumentation/to understand the principle of measurements and maintenance of instrumentation. In the Fall of 2024, you will work closely with graduate students within the team to incorporate your results into a conference presentation and/or publication. The broader influence of your work will be to better understand the health/climate and weather impacts of the nation’s increasing volume of wildfires.