The Aerosol Research Observation Station (AEROS) [post]

Karin Ardon-Dryer, Mary C. Kelley, Xia Xueting, Yuval Dryer
2021 unpublished
Abstract. Information on atmospheric particles' concentration and sizes are important for environmental and human health reasons. Air quality monitor stations (AQMSs) for measuring Particulate Matter (PM) concentrations are found across the United States, but only three AQMSs measure PM2.5 concentrations (particles with an aerodynamic diameter of < 2.5 μm) in the Southern High Plains of West Texas (area ≥ 1.8 × 105 km2). This area is prone to many dust events (~21 per year), yet no information
more » ... s available on other PM sizes, total particle concentration, or size distribution during these events. The Aerosol Research Observation Station (AEROS) was designed to continuously measure these particles' concentrations to better understand the impact of dust events on local air quality. The AEROS aerosol measurements unit features a temperature-controlled shed with a dedicated inlet and custom-built dryer for each of the three aerosol instruments used. This article provides a description of AEROS as well as an intercomparison of the different instruments using laboratory and atmospheric particles, which shows that the instruments used provided similar concentration measurements. Measurement with AEROS can distinguish between various pollution events (natural dust events vs anthropogenic haze) to improve knowledge of the air quality in this region.
doi:10.5194/amt-2021-270 fatcat:rsmplcb5srdjva6qb74huewgpi