WE-CAN

Long name: 
Western wildfire Experiment for Cloud chemistry, Aerosol absorption and Nitrogen
Status: 
Funded
Dates: 
July 22, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Location: 
Boise, ID
ACOM Instruments and Forecasting Tools: 
Aerodyne CS-108
HARP
NOxyO3 Chemiluminescence
PAN-CIMS
Platform(s): 
NSF/NCAR C-130
Description: 

Logo for WE-CAN field campaignUnderstanding the chemistry in western wildfire smoke has major ramifications for air quality, nutrient cycles, weather and climate. The Western wildfire Experiment for Cloud chemistry, Aerosol absorption and Nitrogen (WE-CAN) project systematically characterized the emissions and first day of evolution of western U.S. wildfire plumes. The project was focused on three sets of scientific questions related to fixed nitrogen, absorbing aerosols, cloud activation and chemistry in wildfire plumes. The data were collected from the NCAR/NSF C-130 research aircraft in co-ordination with the NSF-funded BB-FLUX project July and August 2018.

ACOM participated with the following instruments:

  • TOGA
  • HARP
  • NOxyO3 Chemiluminescence Instrument
  • PAN-CIMS
  • Picarro G2401-m WS-CRDS CO2, CH4, CO and H2O
  • Aerodyne CS-108 miniQCL CO, N2O and H2O

 

Andy Weinheimer and Alan Hills prepare their instruments for WE-CAN:

Andy Weinheimer with Picarro instrument.

Alan Hills with TOGA instrument

The C-130 at the NCAR Research Aviation Facility:

C-130 in hangar at NCAR Research Aviation Facility.

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