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The ABC-Pyramid Atmospheric Research Observatory in Himalaya for aerosol, ozone and halocarbon measurements

Bonasoni, Paolo and Laj, Paolo and Angelini, Federico and Arduini, Jgor and Bonafe, U. and Calzolari, Francescopiero and Cristofanelli, Paolo and Decesari, Stefano and Facchini, Cristina and Fuzzi, Sandro and Gobbi, Gian Paolo and Maione, Michela and Marinoni, Angela and Petzold, Andreas and Roccato, Fabrizio and Roger, J.C. and Sellegri, K. and Sprenger, Michael and Venzac, Herve and Verza, Gian Pietro and Villani, P. and Vuillermoz, Elisa (2008) The ABC-Pyramid Atmospheric Research Observatory in Himalaya for aerosol, ozone and halocarbon measurements. Science of the Total Environment, 391, pp. 252-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.10.024.

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In this work we present the new ABC-Pyramid Atmospheric Research observatory (Nepal, 27.95 N, 86.82 E) located in the Himalayas, specifically in the Khumbu valley at 5079 m a.s.l. This measurement station has been set-up with the aim of investigating natural and human-induced environmental changes at different scales (local, regional and global). After an accurate instrumental set-up at ISAC-CNR in Bologna (Italy) in autumn 2005, the ABCPyramid Observatory for aerosol (physical, chemical and optical properties) and trace gas measurements (ozone and climate altering halocarbons) was installed in the high Khumbu valley in February 2006. Since March 2006, continuous measurements of aerosol particles (optical and physical properties), ozone (O3) and meteorological parameters as well as weekly samplings of particulate matter (for chemical analyses) and grab air samples for the determination of 27 halocarbons, have been carried out. These measurements provide data on the typical atmospheric composition of the Himalayan area between India and China and make investigations of the principal differences and similarities between the monsoon and pre-monsoon seasons possible. The study is carried out within the framework of the Ev-K2- CNR “SHARE-Asia” (Stations at High Altitude for Research on the Environment in Asia) and UNEP—“ABC” (Atmospheric Brown Clouds) projects. With the name of “Nepal Climate Observatory—Pyramid” the station is now part of the Observatory program of the ABC project.

Document Type:Article
Title:The ABC-Pyramid Atmospheric Research Observatory in Himalaya for aerosol, ozone and halocarbon measurements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bonasoni, PaoloCNR, Bologna, I
Laj, PaoloUniv. Blaise Pascal, Aubière Cedex, F
Angelini, FedericoCNR, Bologna, I
Arduini, JgorUrbino Univ., Urbino, I
Bonafe, U.CNR, Bologna, I
Calzolari, FrancescopieroCNR, Bologna, I
Cristofanelli, PaoloCNR, Bologna, I
Decesari, StefanoCNR, Bologna, I
Facchini, CristinaCNR, Bologna, I
Fuzzi, SandroCNR, Bologna, I
Gobbi, Gian PaoloCNR, Bologna, I
Maione, MichelaUrbino Univ., Urbino, I
Marinoni, AngelaCNR, Bologna, Italy
Petzold, AndreasUNSPECIFIED
Roccato, FabrizioCNR, Bologna, I
Roger, J.C.Univ. Blaise Pascal, Aubière Cedex, F
Sellegri, K.Univ. Blaise Pascal, Aubière Cedex, F
Sprenger, MichaelETHZ—Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich, CH
Venzac, HerveUniv. Blaise Pascal, Aubière Cedex, F
Verza, Gian PietroEV-K2-CNR Committee, Bergamo, I
Villani, P.Univ. Blaise Pascal, Aubière Cedex, F
Vuillermoz, ElisaEV-K2-CNR Committee, Bergamo, I
Journal or Publication Title:Science of the Total Environment
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 252-261
Keywords:Black carbon, aerosol, long-range transport, MAAP
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Next Generation Train (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Petzold
Deposited On:17 Jul 2008
Last Modified:20 Oct 2014 14:32

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