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Technical Program

Learn the latest information from experts on visibility, aerosols, and regional haze


Updated conference agenda!  (7-20-21) 

Keynote Plenary Session
Secondary Organic Aerosols and Radiative Effects
Manish Shrivastava, Earth Scientist, Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Wildfires: Fire Behavior, Forecasting, Impact on Visibility and Radiative Balance
Charles Ichoku, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Howard University Washington D.C. and Distinguished Scientist of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

Wildfires: Exposure and Health Effects
Michael Jarrett,  Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, ULCA

Panels will offer insight and discussion on the following topics: 

Wildfires in the Western United States

Panelists include:
  • Jack Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael Benjamin, Chief, Air Quality Planning and Science Division, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, CA
  • Mark Boyle, Idaho Smoke Management Supervisor, Department of Environmental Quality, Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Katie Alexander, Air Quality Meteorologist, Meteorological Services & Smoke Forecasting, Montana, Department of Environmental Quality, Helena, MT
NASA Earth Science Capabilities for Investigating Aerosol Impacts
NASA’s Earth Science Research and Applications Programs have promoted the development and use of observations and tools to enhance decision-making capabilities that affect the health of our planet. This panel will highlight current and future NASA programs and observational systems that assist in better understanding the impact of aerosols in relation to wildfires, air quality, and health. We aim to promote discussion between attendees and our panelist experts to promote the use of current and future NASA capabilities in the broader community. 

Co-Chairs: Laura Judd, Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Applied Sciences Health and Air Quality Applications Program, Science Systems and Applications and NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; Helena Chapman, Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Applied Sciences Health and Air Quality Applications Program, Booz Allen & Hamilton and NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Invited panelists include:
  • John Haynes, Program Manager for NASA’s Applied Sciences Health and Air Quality Applications program, NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.
  • Susan O’Neill, Research Air Quality Engineer, United States Forest Service, Seattle, WA
  • Abigail Nastan, Systems Software Engineer and Deputy Program Applications Lead for MAIA, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA
  • Ali Omar, Lidar Science Branch Head, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Regional Haze Rule

Chairs: Tom Moore, WESTAR WRAP Air Quality Program Manager and Bret Schichtel, Research Physical Scientist, National Park Service – Air Resource Division.

Invited panelists include: 
  • Rhonda Payne, Air Quality Planner, Regional Haze Project Manager, MT DEQ - AQB
  • David Stroh, ND DEQ - DAQ
  • Rebekkah Fine, Air Pollution Specialist, CA Air Resources Board 
  • Michael Abraczinskas, Director, Air Quality Division, NC DEQ