Boulder’s Ozone Gardens: Indicating our dirty air

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Danica Lombardozzi

Postgraduate, NCAR Earth System Laboratory

Abstract

Unlike the good ozone found high in our atmosphere, ground-level ozone is a health hazard. In addition to the respiratory problems it causes in humans, ozone causes a number of negative effects on plants, from reduced crop yield for major agricultural crops such as soybeans and wheat to reduced amounts of carbon stored in trees. Some plants even show the damage on their leaves, and a few of those were selected for planting in the Ozone Gardens at NCAR and CU’s Natural History Museum.  In this presentation, Dr. Kateryna Lapina and Dr. Danica Lombardozzi will discuss why they planted the Ozone Gardens in Boulder and how the damage to plants occurs.

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