A New Instrumented Airborne Platform for Atmospheric Research

Hamill, Patrick ; Iraci, Laura T. ; Yates, Emma L. ; Gore, Warren ; Bui, T. Paul ; Tanaka, Tomoaki ; Loewenstein, Max

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The NASA Ames Research Center operates a new research platform for atmospheric studies: an instrumented Alpha Jet. The present complement of instruments allows for the determination of carbon dioxide, ozone, water vapor, and methane concentrations as well as measurements of three-dimensional wind speeds, temperature, and pressure. Planned future instrumentation includes an Air-Core sampler and an instrument to measure formaldehyde. We give examples of measurements that have been made, including measurements carried out during a downward spiral over an expected methane source. An attractive property of this airborne system is its ability to respond rapidly to unexpected atmospheric events such as large forest fires or severe air quality events.

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