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ITCT 2002

Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation

Investigating springtime transport of anthropogenic pollution and the composition of air masses along the Pacific coast of North America

Where: California and the eastern Pacific coastal region

When: April - May 2002

What: The focus of NOAA's field study includes aircraft research flights aboard the NOAA WP-3D, extensive ground-based measurements at Trinidad Head, California, and collaborated efforts with two other research projects, PHOBEA-2 and PEACE-B.

Who: Investigators in this project include about 150 researchers from 33 university, industry, and governmental agency laboratories. Participating institutions include Georgia Tech and University of Colorado CIRES.

map showing location of ITCT 2002 measurement sites at Cheeka Peak, WA and Trinidad Head, CA, and WP-3D aircraft flight paths

The Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation (ITCT) project is a major research activity of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) program that directly addresses the tropospheric chemistry and transport of ozone, fine particles and other chemically active greenhouse-compounds. This activity is aimed at understanding the long-range transport of ozone and aerosols and the impact that this intercontinental transport has on regional climate and air-quality.

NOAA's Atmospheric Research Campaign - Combining Climate Change and Air Quality Research