Experimental UAV flights for coarse mode collection at Thiseion
Published: Feb. 25, 2016, 8:41 p.m.

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A new Corse Mode Aerosol Collector (CMAC) prototype sampling instrument has been developed by NCSR "Demokritos" team in order to fly on the NOA hexacopter. The aim of this instrument is to collect size resolved fractions of coarse particles at 6 impaction stages from different layers in the atmosphere. Samples can be analyzed in the lab.

During February, 3 days of flights were conducted, and the two layers of the collection were chosen at 500-700 m and 200-300 m above sea level. The expected results in ACTRIS JRA1 campaign from this first experimental use of a CMAC will be the size distribution of coarse particles between approximately 10-35 micrometers in diameter.

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The campaign is organized and funded through the ACTRIS, the European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases.