I thought I would take some time to let you know what my job is all about.
I work at Owens Lake. This large, saline lake dried up in the early 1900s as a result of water diversions to the City of Los Angeles. The exposed lake surface has been the source of huge dust storms ever since. I work for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (a real mouthful!) which monitors the air quality at Owens Lake and directs the City of L.A.'s dust mitigation efforts. Here's a link to Great Basin's website http://www.gbuapcd.org/index.htm.
My job is to maintain air monitoring and meteorological equipment at four sites near the historic shoreline of Owens Lake. My sites are Dirty Socks, Shell Cut, Flat Rock, and Lizard Tail (not yet on the website). Most of the time the instruments run trouble free, but require frequent maintenance and calibration.
Tomorrow I will post some pics and talk a little more about the instruments.