Understanding the composition of our atmosphere using Storm Peak Laboratory, a local mountain-top research facility

march, 2023

16mar6:30 pm8:00 pmUnderstanding the composition of our atmosphere using Storm Peak Laboratory, a local mountain-top research facility


Event Details

Join YVSC on Thursday, March 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Colorado Mountain College’s Allbright Family Auditorium as we hear from Dr. Lynne Gratz and Dr. Gannet Hallar of Storm Peak Laboratory (SPL). SPL, located near Steamboat Springs, CO, is an internationally recognized high-elevation research station that has been used for over 40 years. SPL provides a unique training, education and networking environment that strengthens scientific skills and inspires leadership. To date, research at SPL has produced over 145 peer-reviewed publications. This presentation will discuss past and present research and training at SPL, along with future plans. Please register for the event using the link below.

Dr. Gratz is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colorado College. Dr. Gratz’s research broadly focuses on the fate and transport of air pollutants, such as ozone and mercury. In her research, Dr. Gratz uses both ground-level and high-altitude measurements to characterize the sources, chemical reactions, and removal processes for pollutants in the atmosphere. Her research has looked at local air quality questions in urban environments, as well as the long-range transport of persistent air pollutants. Most recently, she led a study at the Storm Peak Laboratory focused on the origins and chemistry of atmospheric mercury and other trace gases.

Dr. Hallar is now a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, where she leads the Hallar Aerosol Research Team (HART), and directs Storm Peak Laboratory. The overarching theme of Dr. Hallar’s research is using high quality measurements of trace gases, aerosol physical and chemical properties, and cloud microphysics to understand connections between the biosphere, atmosphere, and climate, along with the impact of anthropogenic emissions on these connections. More specifically, currently her research uses high elevation sites, combined with airborne measurements, to study the formation processes of Cloud Condensation Nuclei and Ice Nuclei.


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Colorado Moutain College Allbright Family Auditorium

1275 Crawford Ave