Capitol Reef National Park Air Quality Monitoring
Air Atlas is a GIS database of air quality estimates for 270 parks that are part of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program. These estimates can be used when on-site monitoring data is not available. Air Atlas
Atmospheric Deposition Monitoring
Deposition of pollutants, including sulfur and nitrogen, is not measured in Capitol Reef NP. However, information from deposition measurements at Bryce Canyon NP and Canyonlands NP can be used to estimate deposition at Capitol Reef NP. Wet deposition has been monitored in Bryce Canyon NP (1985-present) as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network (NADP/NTN). The site ID is UT99. Dry deposition rates have been estimated for Canyonlands NP (site CAN407), 1995-present, as part of the Clean Air Status and Trends Networks (CASTNet).
- National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network --Site Overview and Data
- EPA Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) Overview --Site Overview and Data
Optical monitoring to collect baseline data on night sky brightness Capitol Reef NP is scheduled for completion in Fall 2005. The optical measurement will produce not only a measure of night sky brightness and identification of light pollution sources, but also a measure of the effect of the atmosphere on light scattering caused by fine particulates and other air pollutants, and moisture.
Long-term average ozone concentrations have been monitored in the park using a passive sampler. In addition, estimates of ozone concentrations in Capitol Reef NP have been extrapolated from continuous monitors at other parks in the region; these estimates are available on the NPS AirAtlas website.
Visual air quality in Capitol Reef NP has been monitored using an aerosol sampler (2000-present), and a 35mm camera (1983-1991).