Dao Wang, “Studying and Modeling the Long-Range Transport of Air Parcels Arriving at Mexican Gulf Coast Cities”
Mentor: Jonathan Kahl, Atmospheric Science
Acid rain can damage cultural heritage, including pre-Hispanic archaeological sites in Mexico. Over the past few decades, acid rain measurements have been made at several locations in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. With atmospheric trajectory analysis we can trace pollution movement over long distances, with the goal of helping to reduce its environmental impact. In 2007 a detailed analysis of wind flow, identifying potential pollution sources, was conducted for one of the Veracruz sites. With recent meteorological advances, the resolution for the meteorological data used in atmospheric trajectory models has improved from 250km in 2007 to 12km today. The goal of this study is to use the higher-resolution data to see whether air flow patterns are different for the different acid rain measurement sites in Veracruz.
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