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Hello! I am Dr. Marcela Loría-Salazar, and welcome to the Atmospheric Aerosols and Air Quality Laboratory (AAAQ Lab) at the University of Oklahoma. We are a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of researchers passionate about investigating aerosols and how these tinny particles interact with the atmosphere and impact humans’ daily life. On this website, you will find details about my research group, research projects, and teaching philosophy.

Aerosols are one of the forcing agents in the global radiative forcing budget that has not been well understood due to the lack of knowledge and surface observations. The effects of aerosols are less well understood than greenhouse gases, and even today, the lack of observations and derived knowledge hinders answering fundamental questions about the role of aerosols in climate change.  Aerosols are a component of air composition and an essential field of study due to the impact of air quality (AQ) on climate change, human health, behavior, and the economy.

While many populated regions of the world have been studied due to their poor air quality, our Laboratory aims to improve the understanding of atmospheric aerosols and other trace gases and their influence on pollutant accumulation, transport, and mixing. Using state-of-the-art satellite retrievals, it offers a pathway to equitable access to air quality and climate adaptation strategies for under-represented populations with no perturbation to their lands and cultural activities.

AAAQ Lab’s research objectives can be divided into three areas:

1)  Fundamental atmospheric pollution investigations using data from field experiments, international networks, and satellite remote sensing.

2)  Investigating smoke transport and its relationship with the planetary boundary layer.

3)  Creating applications for improving air quality estimates for human health studies and public policy assessments using satellite retrievals and numerical models.