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2016

01/09/2016  

 The CINDI-2 Campaign

In September 2016 our team will participate in the CINDI-2 campaign, to be held in Cabauw, the Netherlands. CINDI stands for Cabauw Intercomparison of Nitrogen Dioxide Measuring Instruments and involves the comparison of a host of ground-based DOAS instruments for measuring atmospheric Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) amounts...


 
19/05/2016  

 The AROMAPEX campaign

The AROMAPEX campaign was held in Berlin in April 2016. AROMAPEX was supported by the European Commission through Eufar and by the European Space Agency (ESA) in the framework of its Copernicus Earth observation programme. The campaign was coordinated by BIRA and included 12 research groups from Belgium (BIRA, VITO), Germany (Universities of Berlin, Bremen, and Heidelberg, MPIC, DLR), Romania (INCAS, University of Galati), and the Netherlands (University of Delft, KNMI, TNO).


2015

30/11/2015  

 Installation of a MAXDOAS instrument in Antarctica

Belgium has a long history of Antarctic exploration and scientific activities, dating back to the first expeditions to Antarctica under the lead of Adrien de Gerlache in 1897. BIRA-IASB already operates a CIMEL instrument since February 2009 at the Princess Elisabeth station. In the frame of the AEROCLOUD project, Christian Hermans will install a MAXDOAS instrument this winter (December 2015). The BIRA MAX-DOAS and the sunphotometer are highly complementary, since their synergistic use provides information on integrated and vertically resolved aerosol properties.


 
23/09/2015  

 The AROMAT-2 campaign.

The second Airborne ROmanian Measurements of Aerosols and Trace gases (AROMAT-2) campaign was held in Romania during the second half of August 2015... Read more


 
22/07/2015  

 Belgian urban NO2 monitoring based on APEX remote sensing

On April 14 and 15, 2015 a curious plane could be spotted above Belgium. The Dornier DO-228 airplane, operated by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), was carrying out measurements with the Airborne Prism EXperiment instrument. APEX is an airborne pushbroom hyperspectral imager developed by a Swiss-Belgian consortium on behalf of ESA. The objective of this campaign is to map the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) spatial distribution at high resolution... Read more


 
24/04/2015  

NO2 VCDs from zenith-sky DOAS.

Recently a new algorithm for retrieving tropospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) vertical column densities (VCDs) from ground-based zenith-sky (ZS) measurements of scattered sunlight was published in AMTD. The method is based on a four-step approach consisting of... Read more


 
23/02/2015  

New OMI SO2 vertical column data set

In preparation of the upcoming TROPOMI/Sentinel-5 Precursor mission, we have developed a new retrieval algorithm for SO2 vertical columns and applied this scheme to 10 years of observations by the OMI/Aura instrument... Read more


2014

05/12/2014  

The AROMAT Campaign

The Airborne ROmanian Measurements of Aerosols and Trace gases (AROMAT) campaign was held in Romania during the first two weeks of September 2014. AROMAT took place in the framework of the ESA Copernicus Earth observation programme and was coordinated by BIRA. AROMAT included seven other research institutions from Romania (University of Galati, INOE, and INCAS), Germany (Universities of Bremen, Berlin, and MPIC) and the Netherlands (KNMI). read more


 
27/10/2014  

High resolution global maps of trace gases from OMI

In the framework of the preparation of the ESA Sentinel-5 Precursor (S5-P) mission, which is planned for launch in early 2016, UV-Vis retrieval expert scientists at BIRA-ASB have been working on the derivation of high quality tropospheric trace gas data products derived from the heritage Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) flying on board of the NASA AURA platform since 2004. read more


 
18/02/2014  

The eruption of Kelut

The Kelut eruption on the island of Java has produced a large ash and SO2 cloud that has been tracked by polar orbiting satellite instruments (IASI and GOME-2 onboard MetOp-A and MetOp-B, OMI on Aura, and AIRS on Aqua). The ash has reached high altitudes where commercial aircraft fly and is a significant hazard to aviation. Three airports on Java have been closed and air routes from Australia to Singapore, Bangkok and beyond affected. read more


 
16/01/2014

Installation of a MAXDOAS and a CIMEL in Burundi

End of November 2013, BIRA-IASB has installed a MAXDOAS instrument and a CIMEL photometer at the top of the Sciences Department of the University of Burundi at Bujumbura.
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2013

06/08/2013  

The MAD-CAT Campaign

From 7 June until 5 July 2013, BIRA-IASB participated in the "Multi Axis Doas - Comparison campaign for Aerosols and Trace gases" (MAD-CAT) in Mainz, Germany. ... read more


 
18/03/2013  

PhD thesis defence of Alexis Merlaud: Development and use of compact instruments for tropospheric investigations based on optical spectroscopy from mobile platforms read more


2011

28/11/2011  

Trend of stratospheric NO2 read more


 
23/05/2011  

The May 2011 Grímsvötn eruption read more


2010

05/11/2010  

The Merapi volcano read more


 
20/04/2010  

The Eyjafjöll volcano read more

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2009

05/12/2009
Earth Challenge read more


 
22/06/2009  
The CINDI intercomparison campaign read more

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17/03/2009  
Quantification of polar boundary layer BrO
emissions using GOME-2
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© Nicolas Theys  

2008

20/10/2008  
METOP-1/GOME-2: BrO emission from
the Kasatochi Volcano (Alaska)

06-16 August 2008  read more

BrO VCD [ x1014 molecules cm-2 ]
© Nicolas Theys  

 
Last update on 20 Jan 2015