ChArMEx bay watch network now operational!
Written by Hamonou   
Friday, 13 July 2012 10:48

Our Basin Watch Guards are now on duty all over the basin to detect any pollution that might be lost at sea. This network holds a dozen stations, operated by national institutes of 8 different countries. Some are parts of international networks such as EMEP and ACTRIS, some were created by ChArMEx and CORSiCA, and all join forces to help monitor and caracterize, on the long term, the pollution that falls into the Mediterranean atmosphere.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 09:02
 
Lidars Striking!
Written by Hamonou   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:05

This morning, July 9, at 06 UT, in the frame of ChArMEx, teams from the ACTRIS/EARLINET network from all around the Mediterranean basin have started firing their lidars. A general GO was issued several days ago when it appeared that a Saharan dust outbreak would affect Spain, Italy and perhaps as far as Greece, Romania and Cyprus. Today, a 72-hours session of continuous measurements has started. The lidars will precisely locate and track the particles in the atmosphere and help validating or improving the transport models.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 15:37
 
Pre-ChArMEx/TraQA: Mission Accomplished!
Written by Hamonou   
Monday, 09 July 2012 10:11

Teams from the pre-ChArMEx-TraQA campaign have done what they said they would be doing. First, they've let research balloons drifting in pollution plumes and then they sent the French research aircraft of Safire (ATR-42) looking for those balloons. A difficult but successful task as can be seen on the photo below that was taken from the ATR-42 (it's small but it's there).

This is very promising piece of information since the measurements performed by the balloons and then, several hours later, by the aircraft will allow the pre-ChArMEx/TRAQA teams to investigate how the pollution plumes constituents evolve in the transport process.

 

Thanks to Corinne Jambert for the picture

Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 10:49
 
Two World Premieres for pre-ChArMEx/TraQA!
Written by Hamonou   
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 14:08

The past week has been a very good one for the balloon team with two first of their kind successful balloon launchs. All started on June 28 when, for the first time ever, teams have attached an ozone sonde to a drifting balloon (BPCL type) and let it go exploring the atmosphere (results not yet available). Then, on June 29, they have launched another balloon (sounding type) with an optical particle counter attached to it. It has climb the atmosphere up to about 30km passing through a dust layer that extended up to 5km. Everything went fine and results are being studied.

Thanks to the Cnes, the LA (Laboratoire d'Aérologie), the Latmos (Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales), the Lisa (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques), the LPC2E (Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace) and the LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement) and Environment SA.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 13:05
 
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