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Studies and Monitoring

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore (NS), California, has its own unique environmental concerns based on its particular ecology. Click on the tabs below to access air quality monitoring information from the seashore and to review key scientific references at Point Reyes NS.

  • Monitoring & Data
  • Key References

Air quality monitoring information and data access:

Air Pollutant/Impact

Monitoring Program

Sites and Data Access

Visibility IMPROVE

Abbreviations in the above table:

    IMPROVE: Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments
    VIEWS: Visibility Information Exchange Web System

For more information regarding monitoring and data assessments conducted by the National Park Service, link to the NPS Air Quality Monitoring Program or to the NPS Air Quality Monitoring History Database for a history of active and inactive monitoring sites at Point Reyes NS.

Key air quality related references from Point Reyes NS, California:

Bennett, J. P. and Benson, S. 2005. Elemental content of lichens of the Point Reyes Peninsula, northern California. Sci Total Environ. 343 (1–3): 199–206.

Fenn, M. E., Haeuber, G. S., Tonnesen, J. S., Baron, J. S., Grossman-Clarke, S., Hope, D., Jaffe, D. A., Copeland, S., Geiser, L., Rueth, H. M., and Sickman, J. O. 2003. Nitrogen emissions, deposition and monitoring in the western United States. Bioscience 53: 391–403.

[IMPROVE] Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments. 2010. Improve Summary Data. Available at http://vista.cira.colostate.edu/improve/Data/IMPROVE/summary_data.htm.

Sullivan, T. J., McDonnell, T. C., McPherson, G. T., Mackey, S. D., Moore, D. 2011a. Evaluation of the sensitivity of inventory and monitoring national parks to nutrient enrichment effects from atmospheric nitrogen deposition: main report. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/ARD/NRR—2011/313. National Park Service, Denver, Colorado. Available at www.nature.nps.gov/air/permits/aris/networks/n-sensitivity.cfm.

Sullivan, T. J., McDonnell, T. C., McPherson, G. T., Mackey, S. D., Moore, D. 2011b. Evaluation of the sensitivity of inventory and monitoring national parks to nutrient enrichment effects from atmospheric nitrogen deposition: San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN). Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/ARD/NRR—2011/330. National Park Service, Denver, Colorado. Available at http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/Pubs/pdf/n-sensitivity/sfan_n_sensitivity_2011-02.pdf (pdf, 7.4 MB).

Sullivan, T. J., Peterson, D. L., Blanchard, C. L. 2001. Assessment of Air Quality and Air Pollutant Impacts in Class I National Parks of California. National Park Service. 421 pp. Available at http://nature.nps.gov/air/Pubs/pdf/reviews/ca/CAreport.pdf (pdf, 6.3 KB).


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Pollutants including nitrogen, ozone, mercury, and fine particles affect resources such as streams, soils, and scenic vistas. Find out how on our Point Reyes NS Air Pollution Impacts web page.

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Last Updated: June 14, 2011