Observational data are the foundation upon which our knowledge of atmospheric composition, trends and processes are based. These data also provide the drivers for continued improvement and development of Earth system models. ACOM has a long heritage of making high quality measurements of atmospheric composition, in collaboration with members of the wider atmospheric chemistry community. Measurements are made in situ from aircraft or at ground sites, or via remote sensing techniques involving satellite- and ground-based instrumentation.

Remote Sensing

ACOM has long made significant contributions to the determination of atmospheric composition via remote sensing methodologies. This includes design and deployment of satellite instrumentation, deployment of ground-based instrumentation, satellite data retrieval, provision of datasets to the community and data analysis. Currently, The Satellite and Remote Sensing section of ACOM includes several groups with expertise in satellite and ground-based remote sensing measurements of atmospheric composition, clouds and aerosols, and their combination with chemical models.  Further information on remote sensing work carried out in ACOM is found at http://www2.acom.ucar.edu/sections/satellite-and-remote-sensing.

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In Situ Observations

In situ observations have long been a centerpiece of ACOM activities. This work is done in partnership with NCAR EOL, and in collaboration with and in support of the activities of the wider atmospheric chemistry research community. Coordination of these activities is through the Atmospheric Chemistry Center for Observational Research and Data (ACCORD), which provides focus and consolidation of community in situ measurement capabilities. Major ACOM activities include:

  1. Deployment of community-requestable instruments, including the HAIS (HIAPER Airborne Instrumentation Solicitation) instrument suite;
  2. Deployment of additional instrumentation, in community field project settings;
  3. Use of laboratory-based chambers to conduct collaborative process-level gas-phase and aerosol research;

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Related Links:

For a list of community-requestable instrumentation, and request procedures, see http://www2.acom.ucar.edu/observations/community-requestable-instrumentation

For a list of field projects in which ACOM has participated, and access to available data from these campaigns, see http://www2.acom.ucar.edu/campaigns




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