Extreme Science!
Written by Hamonou   
Friday, 29 June 2012 09:03

Last Wednesday, June 27th, the ultra-light of pre-ChArMEx/VESSAER was out flying in the sky of Corsica. Equipped to investigate the radiative properties of the particles that lie in the Mediterranean atmosphere, it will be out in the haze every single day. A challenge for the pilot since Corsica's weather is known to be one of the hardest for ultra-light aircrafts.

On its first flight, it has made several vertical profiles over Ghisonaccia and San Giuliano. The San Giuliano fly over was the opportunity to run a synergy of instruments between the ultra-light, a lidar and sun photometer installed in the facilities of the French National Institute of Agronomical Research (INRA).

Thanks to the teams of the CNRM (Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques), the LA (Laboratoire d'Aérologie), the LPCA (Laboratoire de Physico-Chime de l'Atmosphère),  the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environment Research (Germany), and the Cyprus Institute (Cyprus).

Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 10:22
 
Pollution hunting season now opened!
Written by Hamonou   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:51

Yesterday, 26 of June, was a very active day for our pollution hunters. The pre-ChArMEx/TRAQA Operation Center based in Toulouse had warned everybody on the field that the Po Valley pollution would be drained into Genova Gulf by easterly winds. Teams started their duty early to spot and track that pollution. The French research aircraft, ATR-42, took off early morning from Toulouse and headed straight to Genova and then to Bastia. Several cross sections have been made between Genoa and Bastia at 300m, 600m and 900m. Pre-ChArMEx/VESSAER ran their lidar continuously all day long and tried hard flying their ultra-light for its first flight. This flight will take place today. Meanwhile, the Cape sentinels of pre-ChArMEx/CapeCorsica kept scrutinizing the sky in search for pollution.

A first success for the ChArMEx synergy!

Illustration pictures of Genova and Bastia Bay (Thanks to the photographer Namaki for the picture of Bastia)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 14:12
 
Final countdown for ChArMEx-TraQa!
Written by Hamonou   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:18

Teams from the ChArMEx-TraQA campaign are working hard to make sure the SAFIRE ATR-42, french research aircraft, will be ready to takeoff on Monday the 25th of June for its first pollution hunt.

These past three weeks, the staff of the CNES, DT-INSU (division technique de l'institut national des sciences de l'univers), LA (laboratoire d'aérologie), Latmos (laboratoire atmosphères, milieux, observations spatiales), Lisa (Laboratoire inter-universitaire des systèmes atmosphériques) and SAFIRE have been busy trying to fit their instruments into the plane. The research aircraft is now fully packed with a bunch of chemical and optical analysers that will help track and caracterize the atmospheric pollution above the Mediterranean Sea.

This week will be dedicated to the qualification of the instruments in flying conditions. Two flights are scheduled between Wednesday the 20th of June and Friday the 22nd. One will take place in the vicinity of Perpignan and the other one will be over the Landes Forest.

A final test before the official launch.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 09:20
 
Cape Corsica Observatory is born!
Written by Hamonou   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 15:58

Last week, from Monday the 21st to Friday the 25th, teams from Qualitair Corse, EMD (Ecole des Mines de Douai), Météo-France and LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement) have worked pretty hard to install about 20 cubic meters of scientific apparatus inside the two shelters that are now strongly tightened to the bedrock of Corsica.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 20:01
 
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