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Prairie during a controlled burn in January 2013. Photo credit: Chelse PratherMultiple projects led by the UH department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences use the UHCC micrometeorology tower, sonar and other instrumentation at the UHCC to conduct research and monitoring in micrometeorology and air quality in the Houston metropolitan area. When winds are from the southwest, instrumentation at the UHCC captures data on “background” air transported from the Gulf of Mexico to the city. During a frontal passage and/or northerly winds, the UHCC is a downwind site. When the region is experiencing stagnant wind conditions that often result in high pollution events, the UHCC is an excellent site to capture the transport of emissions from Houston in the early morning as the land breeze carries these urban and industrial pollutants out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Read more about the Houston Network of Environmental Towers at http://hnet.uh.edu/.
The main prairie at the UHCC was burned in January 2013 as part of an NSF-funded research project led by Dr. Craig Clements from San Jose State University. The goal is to better understand wild land fire behavior by studying fire-atmospheric interactions.
Read more about Craig Clement’s research at his home page: http://www.met.sjsu.edu/~clements/.