SONNE 2012

What Summer Ozone Near Natural gas Emissions (SONNE)

When 26 July - 13 August 2012

Where Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO), Erie, CO 40.0500°N, 105.0039°W

How Various instruments making ground-based measurements at the site of the tower.

Who Investigators in this project include researchers from NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division, and the University of Colorado.



Science Goals


  • Characterize the gas-phase composition of the ambient air in the vicinity of oil and natural gas production in Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg Basin during the summertime.
  • Compare the ambient air composition to previous measurements conducted at the same site in winter 2011.
  • Examine the effects of photochemical processing of the primary VOC emissions from oil and natural gas operations as well as nearby urban sources and naturally occurring biogenic emissions.