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Characterization of evening temperature inversions in Allegheny County Pennsylvania

Lopez, Carlos (2017) Characterization of evening temperature inversions in Allegheny County Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Temperature inversions in the atmospheric boundary layer are associated with stagnant air masses that help trap air pollutants near the earth’s surface, which have been linked to adverse health events. The aim of this study was to use meteorological data from Allegheny County from 2009 to 2014 to identify days in which evening temperature inversion were present; the depth and strength of each inversion was also calculated and summarized with the goal of assisting future efforts to develop more accurate meteorological models for these phenomena. Future epidemiological goals using the results of this study will be used to determine whether temperature inversions are associated with increased pollutant concentrations and short-term adverse health events in the region, which is of public health importance. This is in keeping with the Allegheny County Health department’s ongoing efforts to minimize the effects on air pollutants on vulnerable populations in the region.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lopez, Carloscal91@pitt.educal91
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, David N.dnf@pitt.edudnfUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBarchowsky, Aaronaab20@pitt.eduaab20UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSadar, Anthonyasadar@achd.netUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 27 June 2017
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 1 December 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temperature inversions, thermal inversions, atmospheric boundary layer, dispersion, inversion height, inversion strength, inversion intensity, radiosonde, skew-t plot
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 15:30
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 15:30

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