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Project Status: complete

Report Published June 1986:

Title: Southern California air quality study (SCAQS) Southern California.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Blumenthal, D.

Contractor: Sonoma Technology, Inc

Contract Number: A4-114-32

Research Program Area: Atmospheric Processes


This program plan outlines a suggested measurement and management approach and reviews the technical background for the Southern California Air Quality Study (SCAQS). SCAQS will be a multi-year, integrated, cooperative study which will be funded by many different government agencies, industry groups, and individual corporate sponsors. This plan has been prepared with the input of the sponsors and potential participants and represents a composite of their ideas.

The overall goal of SCAQS is to develop a comprehensive and properly archived air quality and meteorological data base for the South Coast Air Basin that can be used to test, evaluate, and improve elements of air quality simulation models for oxidants, PM-IO, fine particles, toxic air contaminants, and acidic species. In addition, SCAQS will address specific technical questions regarding the emission, transport, transformation, and deposition of pollutants.

The study is planned to take place in 1987 during six weeks in early summer and four weeks in late fall. Extensive routine measurements and special studies will take place on about 19 days during the study. Most of the monitoring will take place at existing air quality monitoring sites. Airborne, meteorological, and tracer measurements are planned at additional locations.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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