The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ) field campaign is currently taking place out of Rocky Mountain Airport through August 16, 2014. This is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, UC Berkeley, and other university collaborators, local projects and agencies including local school districts, NOAA, and NCAR. This mission will be closely coordinated with the NASA. FRAPPÉ aims to characterize and understand summertime air quality in the Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area. Despite efforts to limit emissions, the metro area is still experiencing air quality problems and is exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone on a regular basis in summer. The complex meteorology and the mix of diverse pollution sources present challenges with respect to characterizing, modeling and forecasting the transport and photochemical processes contributing to local air quality. These missions provide an outstanding opportunity to study and characterize local air quality at a level of detail not possible previously.
How does this affect us in Louisville: There are three specially equipped aircraft involved in the study. Residents may see or hear these large aircraft flying low over town between 8 AM and 4 PM though August 16th.