Mobile Atmospheric Aerosol and Radiation Characterization Observatory (MAARCO)

Metadata Updated: March 8, 2017

FUNCTION: MAARCO is designed as a stand-alone facility for basic atmospheric research and the collection of data to assist in validating aerosol and weather models. Its purpose is to enable research on atmospheric aerosols, gasses, and radiation (visible and IR light) in areas of key interest, including remote areas, overseas locales, and onboard ships. This complete mobile laboratory facilitates deployment in areas with limited facilities, and provides maximum flexibility for integration of additional instrumentation.DESCRIPTION: MAARCO is a modified 20 ft x 8 ft climate controlled container, a standard size certified for shipping. Removable scaffolding on the roof, and shelves and racks inside the container facilitate installation, and removal and stowage of instruments for shipping. MAARCO[HTML_REMOVED]s radiation instruments provide spectral aerosol optical depths and inversion products, direct and diffuse total solar and infrared radiation, and real-time whole-sky images and cloud cover. The aerosol instruments characterize the light-scattering properties of atmospheric aerosols and provide data on aerosol particle sizes, aerodynamic shapes, concentrations, mass, elemental composition, and particle morphology. The gas monitors measure reactive compounds that modify aerosol particles and provide clues to the air mass origin. The lidar and rawinsonde systems display the vertical structure of clouds and aerosols, produce atmospheric extinction and optical depth profiles, and are valuable for locating atmospheric layers for aircraft sampling, and for assisting in interpreting the visible and IR instrument data.INSTRUMENTATION: MAARCO contains an integrated suite of meteorology, aerosol, gas, and radiation instruments, with space maintained for guest instrumentation. The radiation suite includes an AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) Sun Photometer, solar and IR radiometers, a Total Sky Imager, and a Micro-Pulse Lidar. A 3-wavelength nephelometer, Aerodynamic Particle Sizer, total suspended particulate (TSP) filter sampler, tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM) sampler, SO 2 and ozone monitors, and amicro-orificeuniform deposit impactor (MOUDI) sampler complete the aerosol and gas suite. Meteorological data are provided by a weather station and a rawinsonde system.

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Metadata Created Date March 8, 2017
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