New investigations on air quality in Münster
A new measurement campaign to determine urban air quality started at the end of August at the Bült, a busy street in the city center of Münster. The project „LUFTHY“ founded by the DFG includes continuous measurements of carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrogen oxides and tropospheric ozone as well as ultrafine particles in the range between 6 nm and 10 µm at a high temporal resolution. We also collect additional information about the passing vehicles using a microphone and special cameras.
The results will help to determine the relationship between traffic-related emissions of gaseous air pollutants and ultrafine particles and the characteristics of the vehicle fleet (e.g. emission classes). On the long run, this project should contribute to the enhancement of atmospheric model predictions and help to mitigate urban air pollution.
Measurements in Taiwan
Bettina Breuer has been conducting fog measurements at the Lulin Atmospheric Background Station in Taiwan since mid-August. With the help of an active fog collector, fog water samples are taken automatically and with high temporal resolution, which are then analyzed for their ion composition. In addition, a new aerosol spectrometer is being used for the first time to measure the size distribution of mist droplets. Some exciting fog events have already been recorded.
mobile measurements in Münster
As part of a master's thesis, mobile measurements were carried out in the urban area with a cargo bike. These serve to investigate particle and CO2 concentration as well as their spatial distribution.
March for Science
On April 14th, the March for Science took place in several cities. It is an international movement that demonstrates the value of science. Also in Münster people have come together with the motto "Science moves". After a walk through the city, the event would end with a panel discussion. Our AG took also part to stand for the freedom of science.
Update for "MünsterWetter" App
The "MünsterWetter" App provides the data of the weather station on the roof of the institute building. Unfortunately, the app had some dropouts that have been fixed by an update. The update is available in the Google Play Store for Android operating systems.
We welcome a new employee
Since April 01, 2018, Bastian Paas joins the team of the research goup climatology. We welcome him and wish him a good start in his new job.
We welcome the new PhD student Bettina Breuer
Since this semester Bettina Breuer supports the AG Climatology. We're happy to have her here.
field trip to Essen
On 22th of february a field trip to the German Weather Service (DWD) and the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV) in Essen took place. At the DWD, the students had the opportunity to get to know the regional weather consultants and to experience the launch of a radiosonde at the measuring field. The LANUV provided insights into its wide range of tasks and in particular explained the monitoring of air quality in NRW. In addition, insight into the vehicle of the "Sondereinsatz" was granted. The on-call service maintained by the LANUV examines hazardous emissions in the event of damage on site.