We actively work with instrumentation, with a particular focus in preparing instruments for deployment in challenging environments. Currently we have a new instrument for continuous in-situ observations of ethane and methane. Simultaneous observation of these two species allows for quantitative differentiation of contributing methane sources. We have recently deployed this instrument in both ground and airborne campaigns.
Photo from the field: Prof. Kort flying in TX (pilot Stephen Conley)
Making observations from aircraft enables us to study emissions, uptake, and transport processes on scales ranging from local to global. We conduct this research on a range of platforms, from small propellor aircraft to larger platforms, such as the NSF/NCAR GV.
Photo from the field: Antarctic Sea Ice
Space-based observations provide unmatched spatiotemporal observations of the earth. We have specialized in performing focused regional studies with satellite observations, concentrating on regions of intense emissions (such as Megacities).
Photo from the field: Arctic Haze
To link these observations of atmospheric concentrations to flux processes, we perform various data analysis methods. The most powerful tool we typically deploy is Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Modeling-- which enables us to calculate high-resolution relationships between our observations and upwind sources.
Photo from the field: Aleutian Islands