(Continued from page 21) Pic top: Measuring the aerosol phase function. Top of the range, Aurora TM 4000 Polar integrating nephelometer provides measurements of light scattering with up to 18 user selectable angular sectors using varied backscatter shutter positioning. Pic above: Serinus ® 60 NO 2 analyser with CAPS technology. Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift (CAPS) allows direct measurement of nitrogen dioxide, rather than an indirect calculation from a chemiluminescence analyser. Creating a unique floating laboratory The intense sunlight of the Arabian Peninsula during summer presented an ideal opportunity for highly active photochemistry. The diversity of air and climate within the geographical area meant that researchers encountered a wide spectrum of conditions: • Moderately polluted conditions over the Mediterranean • Pristine air around the Arabian sea • Dusty air from Africa in the red sea • Air polluted by urban outflow and ship exhaust fumes in the Middle East • Air tainted by petrochemical emissions in the Persian Gulf. ECOTECH supplied the expedition with the: • Aurora TM 3000 Multi Wavelength Integrating Nephelometer • Serinus ® 60 Direct Nitrogen Dioxide Analyser • Congrego ® data acquisition system. Congrego ® is a next generation data acquisition system designed by ECOTECH that will replace WinAQMS TM data acquisition systems. The monitoring equipment collected data on the chemical composition of the atmosphere along the ship’s route. It also provided essential data to support other ongoing research, including gas-aerosol interactions and studies on the atmospheric chemistry of dust, sea salt and other natural emissions interacting with air pollution from various sources. “Precision monitoring instruments play an integral role in the success of projects like AQABA,” said Professor Jean Sciare, Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center at The Cyprus Institute. “ECOTECH’s involvement and ongoing collaboration with the scientific community is a testament to our shared vision of coming together to help identify and solve environmental problems,” he added. TOGETHER 2018 Issue 3
Pictured: The AQABA expedition route indicating prevailing wind directions. Image courtesy of MPIC. Real-time monitoring and accurate data to affect change AQABA was the largest and most comprehensive atmospheric chemistry and aerosol consignment taken into the field on a ship to date. The instruments detected aerosol particles and gases from the bow of the ship and for the first time, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) were deployed from the vessel to collect data on the vertical structure of the lower troposphere, simultaneously and comprehensively characterising photochemical and aerosol processes. Initial measurements from the AQABA expedition already indicate the critical impact air pollution is having on public health, nutrient cycles and climate change. “ECOTECH is committed to working with research facilities and academia to help make a positive difference to our environment,” commented Felicity Sharp, Head of ECOTECH Europe. “ Precision monitoring instruments play an integral role in the success of projects like AQABA. ” Professor Jean Sciare Director Energy, Environment & Water Research Center The Cyprus Institute “Having worked with Professor Sciare and his team on a number of occasions, we recognised that this was an important opportunity to contribute to a pioneering study that has the power to influence global environmental decision making in the future,” she added. For more information about ECOTECH’s role in the AQABA project, or to learn more about how scientists around the world use ECOTECH monitoring equipment to help their research, please contact Felicity Sharp on +33 4 72 52 48 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org ecotech.com 25
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