UCLA’s Suzanne Paulson explains how wildfires and ozone impact air quality

July 10, 2019

Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric sciences and director of the Center for Clean Air, was interviewed on KCRW’s Greater LA segment about the impact of wildfires on air quality.

In the segment, Paulson explained that wildfires cause an increase in the presence of “particulate matter in very, very small sizes” in our air which may threaten health by penetrating deep into the lungs resulting in stroke or heart attack.  Paulson says that, in addition to wildfires, rising temperatures caused by climate change have accelerated the formation of ozone, which also adversely affects air quality in Los Angeles.

Listen to the full segment. See related SLA GC-funded research project.