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May 18, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
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Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality in the Puget Sound: What happened these last few summers, how bad is it, and what does the future look like?

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dr. Phil Swartzendruber from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency assesses the smoke pollution we have suffered in recent summers, and looks at the future.

It was impossible to miss the haze, smell, and ash in the air over the Puget Sound in the summer of 2017 and 2018. But what exactly happened, and how bad was the pollution? In this presentation, Dr. Swartzendruber, Air Quality Scientist from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, will review the wildfire smoke that impacted the Puget Sound the past two summers.  He will share data from air quality monitors in the Pacific Northwest, put the data into context, discuss the health impacts, and what the future might hold as our climate changes.

Phil Swartzendruber has been an Air Quality Scientist at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency since 2010. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. His research focused on measuring and identifying sources of ultra-trace levels of mercury in the troposphere. While at the Clean Air Agency, he has worked on a range of air pollution issues including fine particulate matter, residential wood burning, ozone, toxics, and climate. His work involves project design, data analysis, AQ forecasting, policy analysis, and communications and outreach.