Monthly measurements of aerosol particles and trace gases in the free troposphere from board a passenger aircraft A340-600 from Lufthansa
A major asset of several aerosol studies at TROPOS is the long-term aspect of their analysis. Only long-term observations and numerical simulations can give reliable evidence on the actual relevance of certain aerosol-related effects upon global climate and human health.
Meanwhile, long-term observations require the scientists' enhanced attention to the issues of standardisation and comparability of aerosol measurements in time and space.
Numerical simulations of long-term trends by models, on the other hand, require extended computational resources as well as optimised parameterisations of the physical and chemical processes involved.
TROPOS is ready to face these extraordinary challenges on the sides of both, observations, and simulation.
Long-term studies of global relevance
At TROPOS the vertical structure of the aerosol distribution is observed. Long-term measurements provide aerosol climatologies for key regions of the Earth.
Long-term measurements in clean and hotspot areas
Ship-borne measurements help elucidate the oceans' role as a source of atmospheric particles
Satellites provide observation data within a relatively highly resolved spatial and temporal scale.
Interaction s between athmosphere and ocean can be oberved without important antropogene influences.
Long-term studies of regional importance and air quality
A new observation network for black carbon (BC) and ultrafine particles (UFP)
TROPOS' contribution to a controverse political issue
Ultrafine particles in the context of Europe's regional environmental health policy
Modeling systems for simulation of dynamics of primary and secondary aerosol particles and their radiative feedback