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New sets of Air Quality Analyzers

The Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory has received 4 palettes with close to 500 kg of new instrumentation, containing two full sets of state-of-the-art air quality gas analysers.

Each set includes CO (Teledyne-API T300), O3 (Teledyne-API T400), trace level SO2 (Teledyne-API T100U), trace NO2 (Teledyne-API T500U), Trace NO-NOy (Teledyne-API T200U), a zero air generator (MCZ NGA19S and compressor), a calibrator (MCZ CMK5), a dedicated inlet system (ENVItech OSYS) and data logging and processing system (PC with ENVItech WINIMAG and VISUALIS). The two sets of analysers were procured from ENVItech Bohemia s.r.o. with EMME-CARE funding, and will be deployed at CAO new monitoring station near the top of Troodos, and at the Cyprus Institute for upcoming long term campaigns to characterise Nicosia’s pollution composition and sources.

New arrivals – New expertise

Assistant professor Efstratios Bourtsoukidis and PhD student Emeric Germain-Paulienne are joining The Cyprus Institute and CAO this January. Their research will focus on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – a new domain of study for CAO. 

Troodos station delivered

The laboratory container for Troodos station was delivered and secured on Friday the 13th of November 2020. State of the art atmospheric composition measuring instruments will soon follow!

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Mobile measurement of carbon dioxide and methane emissions in Cyprus

PhD student Yunsong Liu and technical research specialist Pierre-Yves Quehe have been measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) concentrations all over Cyprus using a high-end PICARRO instrument, onboard the institute’s car, to better assess regional and local GHG fluxes.

Vertical ozone profiles onboard UAVs

CAO and USRL have worked together to integrate ozonesondes, usually tethered to stratospheric balloons, into UAVs for vertical and horizontal mapping of ozone concentrations. Early tests have shown the ability to follow the morning boundary layer shift as well as detecting stratospheric ozone intrusions.

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