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Air Quality Monitoring

The air monitoring program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is one of the longest-running air monitoring programs in the National Park Service. Numerous air quality research studies and monitoring efforts throughout these parks contribute information useful not only to managers of these parks, but to air quality regulators, educators, scientists, and the general public.

One of the best examples of long-term monitoring in these parks is located on the western edge of Giant Forest. Monitoring began here in 1980 with the installation of a sampler designed to collect rain and snow samples. These samples, when analyzed, provide valuable data on acid deposition ("acid rain"). Other types of monitoring, like the gaseous pollutant and visibility monitoring operations initiated in 1982, provide important information on park ozone and particulate levels. In addition, two decades of air related research here has shed light on things like cloudwater chemistry, movement of pesticides from agricultural areas to the parks and regional haze. The knowledge gained through these research and monitoring efforts allows us to better understand the threat air pollution poses to these parks.

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