Rapid-E on an expedition to study air quality and climate change around the Arabian Peninsula

Aerosol monitoring with Rapid-E in harsh conditions is possible! The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry shared its experience of using Rapid-E during the Air Quality and Climate Change in the Arabian Basin (AQABA) scientific expedition.

Coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C, Mainz, Germany), this expedition represents the most comprehensive atmospheric chemistry and aerosol measurement campaign performed on a research vessel to date.

From June to September 2017, Rapid-E operated in highly difficult environmental conditions, including high temperatures and physical shocks from heavy swells. It continuously measured pollutants and terrestrial and marine bioaerosols, such as bacteria, fungi, or algae, as well as Saharan dust events. Starting at Seyne-sur-Mer (southern France) and traveling across the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal to Kuwait and back around the Arabian Peninsula, Rapid-E monitored particle compositions in such various environmental conditions as clean marine air, petrochemical pollution and exhaust from ships, megacity-influenced air masses, and dusty air from Africa. A lot of comprehensive data were collected to analyze!

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Figure: Ship track of the first leg of the AQABA expedition, from southern France to Kuwait. Source: Tobias K├Ânemann, MPI-C.