Newly Identified Region of Rapid, High Concentration Wintertime Ozone Production
R.C. Schnell1, S.J. Oltmans1, R.R. Neely2 and T.K. Mefford2
1NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305; 303-497-6733, E-mail: Russell.C.Schnell@noaa.gov
2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
Schnell et al. Nature Geosci. 2, 120-122 (2009) showed that high concentrations of wintertime photochemical ozone were produced rapidly at temperatures as cold as -18C in the rural Upper Green River Basin, Wyoming, USA. Here we note the identification of a ~15,000 km2 region of high concentration and persistent wintertime ozone production in the Uinta Basin, Utah in the winter of 2009-2010 (40° N, 110° W; 300 km E-W x 200 N-S; basin floor ~1400 m above sea level). The Uinta Basin is ringed by mountain ridges of 1800-3300 m elevation and contains oil and gas extraction activities.