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National Center for Atmospheric Research holds open house for WE-CAN project

Visitors to the Research Aircraft Public Open House at the Boise Airport were able to get on board both the National Science Foundation/National Center for Atmospheric C-130 and the University of Wyoming King Air. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Wyoming King Air hosted an open house at the Boise Airport on Aug. 11 with the scientists and engineers taking part in research on cloud chemistry, aerosol absorption, and nitrogen and biomass burning fluxes. The work is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The WE-CAN project involves specially equipped research aircraft flying above wildfires in Idaho and surrounding states this summer to take detailed measurements of the enormous plumes of smoke above the state. Teams of scientists from across the West are using the advanced aircraft in an effort to learn more about the far-ranging impacts of wildfire smoke on air quality, weather, and longer-term climate.

 

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