Field studies are carried out in Cabo Verde where TROPOS currently has observational infrastructure at the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO).

High volume samplers (DH 80) and Cyclones are used for aerosol sampling which are later on  investigated in the laboratory for their physical, chemical and microbial compositions as well as their toxic and interacting properties on human cells.Modelling studies will combine the laboratory and clinical investigations to estimate the dust source regions with high health risks.