Fairbanks Winter Air Study

Fairbanks Winter Air Study

Sustainably Navigating Arctic Pollution - Through Engaging Communities

Making toast for air quality

The Fairbanks Winter Air Project (FairAir) shared results at the UAF Arctic Research Open House. Since this event was in May, it was well after...
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Local actions are working to clean FNSB air

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has bad air quality in winter due to low winds and intense temperature inversions that trap locally generated pollution. We cannot control the weather, which leaves controlling local pollution sources as the only option to clean the air.
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Fairbanks’ extremely shallow polluted layer

Temperature inversions cause bad air days, but how shallow is the polluted layer on these stagnant days?
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Houses help protect from bad outdoor air

What is the air like inside a house when it is polluted outside? How is indoor air affected by activities inside?
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Local opinions about air quality

By Nathan Kettle  Fairbanks, North Pole, and surrounding areas frequently experience unhealthy levels of particulate matter in winter air. Our community has been working on...
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Reduced sulfur pollution this winter

Measurements of sulfur dioxide this winter show a dramatic reduction after fuel sulfur was reduced.
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More information about the winter air quality study

The Fairbanks winter air quality study (FairAir) is a part of an international consortium of more than twenty institutions that are organized under the Alaskan...
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Discover Alaska Indoor Air talk

As a part of the UAF Discover Alaska seminar series, Bill Simpson presented "The Air We Breathe: Indoor Air Quality in Alaska". You can view...
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Thank you for visiting the Fairbanks Winter Air Study website. This is a 4 year study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2019 that will focus on improving understanding of wintertime Arctic outdoor and indoor air pollution. The focus of this study was a result of concerns expressed by Fairbanks and North Pole residents, who often expressed concerns related to indoor air quality, particularly   due to the amount of time residents spend indoors during the winter months.