The Impacts of the Pandemic on Air Quality

January 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Online Webex

Learning objectives:

  • How did air quality change during the Covid-19 “Stay Safe, Stay Home” policies in Spring 2020 in Utah?
  • Are there characteristics chemical fingerprints of reduced emissions?
  • What are the implications for how air quality will change in the future?


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Logan Mitchell

Bio: Logan Mitchell, PhD, is an atmospheric scientist at the University of Utah who is studying patterns of air quality and greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas along the Wasatch Front and across the U.S.  His research utilizes mobile platforms such as TRAX trains and Google Street View cars to measure atmospheric composition to improve our understanding of emissions and provide decision support to stakeholders and policymakers.  He enjoys discussing how solutions to air and climate issues will benefit our quality of life and will be essential for our economic future.

Daniel Mendoza

Bio:Dr. Daniel Mendoza holds joint appointments in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, Atmospheric Sciences, Pulmonary Medicine, and the NEXUS research institute at the University of Utah. His research interests include quantifying and characterizing urban greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions for use in human exposure estimation and metropolitan planning. He also examines the health effects associated with acute and chronic pollutant exposure, particularly in vulnerable populations. By combining expertise in air pollution, health outcomes, and urban planning, his work aims to produce enactable scientific and policy solutions to address air quality concerns. He is the co-director of the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dark Sky Studies, and is an instructor in the Capstone Class on Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah. His research involves using a dense research grade network of air quality sensors to individualize pollutant concentrations and associate exposure with outcomes.