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Western Wildfires Destroying More Homes Per Square Mile Burned
February 01, 2023

More than three times as many houses and other structures burned in Western wildfires in 2010-2020 than in the previous decade, and that wasn’t only because more acreage burned, a new analysis has found. Human ignitions started 76 percent of the wildfires that destroyed structures, and those fires tended to be in flammable areas where homes, commercial structures, and outbuildings are increasingly common.

One Facility Makes Big Contribution to Salt Lake’s Winter Brown Cloud
January 26, 2023

The 2.4 million people who live along Utah’s Wasatch Front experience some of the most severe winter particulate matter air pollution in the nation. Now, analysis of measurements taken during NOAA research flights in 2017 indicates that emissions from a single source, a magnesium refinery, may be responsible for a significant fraction of the fine particles that form  the dense winter brown clouds that hang over Salt Lake City. 

Diverse Student Projects Illuminate the Power of Data Analytics
January 25, 2023

Audience members smiled when a newly minted data scientist admitted she’d wanted to study the piping plover partly because the Nort