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Wei Min M. Hao

Research Chemist
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
United States
Phone
406-329-4838
Current Research

My current research projects extend on past accomplishments, one of which was developing the spatial (1 km x 1 km) distribution of daily emissions of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases from fires in North America and Northern Eurasia from 2002 to 2014. My research also involves comparing the fire emission sources with the industrial sources for greenhouse gases and air pollutants seasonally and annually in different regions of North America. I also developed the air quality forecasting model, WRF-Smoke Dispersion Model, to quantify the atmospheric pollutant concentrations downwind from large fires. My work also involves studying the smoke plume dynamics and the optical properties of smoke particles using the most advanced scanning lidar.

Past Research
I conducted research on emissions of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases from fossil combustion and tropical soil.
Research Interest
Atmospheric chemistry, climate change, air pollution, fire and associated trace gas and aerosol emissions, Interaction of climate-landscape-fire-emissions
Why This Research Is Important

The research is critical in understanding the impacts of fires on climate, air quality, and public health.

Education
  • Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, B.S., Chemistry, 1976
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Geochemistry, 1981
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Toxicology, 1981
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Ph.D., Atmospheric chemistry, 1986
Featured Publications
Other Publications
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/about/people/whao