ARL Researchers In Action



Boulder County Air Study, Colorado
INSTAAR and CU Engineering monitoring equipment on top of the Boulder County Health Building. Monitoring station in Longmont Colorado. Air monitoring station in Lafayette, Colorado. Lafayette, Colorado. INSTAAR and CU Engineering monitoring station at Dawson School.
Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study, Utah
Detlev Helmig inflating the tethered balloon Jaques Hueber and Detlev Helmig checking the emergency release valves.  Graduate Student Patrick Boylan prepares to raise the balloon.  Patrick Boylan checking the sampling inlets and tethersondes during an inter-comparison. Patrick Boylan assisting Jim Johnson in setting up a mobile aerosol instrument that will be attached to the tethered balloon.  Some of the horses that were curious about what we were doing.  Calm Day! Home Sweet Home.  Welcome to Vernal, UT! Gas wells at sunset.
Toolik Lake, Alaska
Toolik Station, Alaska CU grad student Brie VanDam and MTU grad student Claudia Toro crossing the Arctic Circle on the way to Toolik Lake, Alaska The Flux Building where the instruments will be housed from Sept 2010 - May 2011. Tundra site snow tower shortly after first snow fall in early September 2014. The first tower being put up, and the arctic pipe which carries all of the sample tubing and wires back to the flux building. Toolik Lake research tundra research site in the foreground, with main station buildings behind the lake. The unloading of instruments from boats to the field site. Toolik Lake Fall Sunset Installation of research equipment inside the tundra instrument shelter. Over Lake Sampling Inlets Twilight Driving on the Dalton highway from Fairbanks to Toolik Research Station. Snow tends to drift... Met tower with Brooks Range
PROPHET 2010: UMBS, Michigan
Makeshift field laboratory at the UMBS Prophet site. Field site installation near the Prophet and Ameriflux towers at UMBS. Graduate student Ryan Daly inside the field van. Installation of branch enclosure system on top of the canopy scaffolding. Steve Bertman, long-time collaborator at UMBS from Western Michigan University. Bag enclosure installed at canopy level near the FACET research area. Cherry picker used for canopy access and below-canopy profiling research. Installation of tower platform for accessing canopy-level tree branches. Ryan Daly working on the gas chromatography instrument inside the field van. The branch enclosure system.
Dome C, Antarctica
Dome C station, with the US flag joining the European partners during the 2012-2014 experiment. Arriving at McMurdo Station. Staging area for extreme cold weather gear in Christchurch, prior to departure to Antarctica. Approaching the sea-ice border near McMurdo. Arrival on the McMurdo ice runway, with the C-17 aircraft in the back. Dome C, Antarctica Dome C, Antarctica Mario Zucchelli, the Italian coastal research station. Mario Zucchelli, the Italian coastal research station. Arrival at Mario Zucchelli, the springboard for connecting to Dome C.
CLIVAR A13.5 Cruise, South Atlantic Ocean
Leaving Capetown, South Africa. CU grad student Patrick Boylan sampling water from the rosette. Patrick and Dave Wisegarver (PMEL) conversing while sampling water for CFC's. Overhead shot of the 24 bottle rosette. Patrick enjoying a free moment on the ship. Group Photo: CLIVAR A13.5 IMG_1050 Sunrise with moon. Jackstaff mounted at the bow of the ship which housed numerous meteorological instruments. Group Photo: CLIVAR A13.5
Zugspitze Mountain Station, Germany
The Zugspitze, tallest mountain in Germany. Cable car building at the Zugspitze Mountain. Jacques Hueber on the visitor’s platform top of Zugspitze Mountain. Completed installation of the sample pre-focusing system in the Umweltbundesamt Schneefernerhaus laboratory. Zugspitze Mountain Station Zugspitze Mountain Station The easy way up. View from the Zugspitze. View towards the east from the laboratory at the Schneefernerhaus. View from the Zugspitze.
Pico Mountain, Azores
INSTAAR?s Jacques Hueber enjoying the sunset and 100 miles of visibility on top of Pico Mountain, in the Azores Islands. INSTAA?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is in it?s sixth year of atmopheric transport and chemistry research with air monitoring at this remote island in the North Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. March 2009. Photo: Jacques Hueber (INSTAAR). INSTAAR?s Jacques Hueber in front of the Pico Mountain observatory, on Pico Mountain in the Azores Islands. INSTAAR?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is in it?s sixth hear of atmospheric transport and chemistry research with air monitoring at this remote island in the North Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. March 2009. Photo: Jacques Hueber (INSTAAR). Here is the ICO, starting to de-ice. I have to be carefull not to get several lbs of ice falling on my head while opening the door... Here is our lovely GC system! TLC is what it needs... and maybe it will work... Jacques working in some close quarters! But the most impressive view from up there, is to see the whole crater and the tiny ICO, close to the cliff. pico1
Niwot Ridge, Colorado
INSTAAR?s Jacques Hueber inspecting a snow sampling tower at the Soddie research site at Niwot Ridge, Colorado. This experiment has been used for the past 5 winters to study gas flow through the up to 2.5 m-deep winter snowpack at this site. October 2008. Photo: Brian Seok (INSTAAR).
UMBS, Michigan
INSTAAR graduate student Brian Seok installing sampling tubing on a snow gas sampling tower at the University of Michigan Biological Station for research on soil-snow-atmosphere exchanges of CO2, N2O, NO, and ozone during the winter season. November 2007. Photo: Jacques Hueber.
Summit, Greenland
Brie vanDam and Detlev Helmig performing instrument installation on the flux tower at the Summit research camp on the Greenland ice shield. INSTAAR?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is conducting year-round flux measurements at Summit to study processes controlling the uptake and release of trace gases from the polar snow. June 2008. Photo: Detlev Helmig (INSTAAR). Brie vanDam and Detlev Helmig showing off their tower climbing gear for work on on the flux tower at the Summit research camp on the Greenland ice shield. INSTAAR?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is conducting year-round flux measurements at Summit to study processes controlling the uptake and release of trace gases from the polar snow. June 2008. Photo: Brian Seok (INSTAAR). Jacques Hueber during a maintenance visit to the Summit, Greenland, ice camp in February 2009. INSTAAR?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is conducting two year-round experiments at Summit, requiring researchers to travel to this remote field site several times during the polar winter season. February 2009. Photo: Jacques Hueber (INSTAAR). Scientitsts conducting maintenance work on the flux tower at the Summit, Greenland, ice camp in February 2009. INSTAAR?s Atmospheric Research Laboratory is conducting two year-round experiments at Summit, requiring researchers to travel to this remote field site several times during the polar winter season. February 2009. Photo: Jacques Hueber (INSTAAR). It's just amazing how much water we exhale... It turns to ice immediately, which is a pain sometimes because you can't see a thing through the goggles after a while. This is the entrance of the green house where we will sleep.  The phot is taken looking out door of building.  At end tunnel there are three big steps that will take you to the trap door, 8 feet above... Some fuel for the plane for its trip back... Here is the Big House, where all what is not related to research happens: meals, bathroom, chat... My tent (in the foreground) is located at the far end of Tent City, so I'm getting a little bit more exercise. We got the CSAT sonic to work! After pretty complex manipulations, we'll be able to acquire the data from it. Arctic Fox at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet! Jacques Hueber goes for a bike ride in Kanger while waiting for a flight back to the US.  Detlev Helmiger goes for a bike ride in Kanger while waiting for a flight back to the US.
Barrow, Alaska
INSTAAR graduate student Patrich Boylan inflating a SkyDoc tethered balloon in preparation of field work during the Ocean-Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OASIS) at Barrow, Alaska. The spring 2009 OASIS experiment investigated the snow-atmosphere gas exchange and atmospheric chemistry during the polar sunrise in the coastal Arctic environment, with INSTAAR contributing with its tethered balloons for vertical boundary layer profiling. March 2009. Photo: Detlev Helmig (INSTAAR). Participants of the Ocean-Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OASIS) experiment helping INSTAAR?s Patrich Boylan and Detlev Helmig moving their 20-foot SkyDoc Balloon to the launch site on the Arctic Tundra. The spring 2009 OASIS experiment investigated the snow-atmosphere gas exchange and atmospheric chemistry during the polar sunrise in the coastal Arctic environment, with INSTAAR contributing with its tethered balloons for vertical boundary layer profiling. March 2009. Photo: Harry Beine (UCD). Participants of the Ocean-Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OASIS) experiment helping INSTAAR?s Patrich Boylan and Detlev Helmig moving their 20-foot SkyDoc Balloon to the launch site on the Arctic Tundra. The spring 2009 OASIS experiment investigated the snow-atmosphere gas exchange and atmospheric chemistry during the polar sunrise in the coastal Arctic environment, with INSTAAR contributing with its tethered balloons for vertical boundary layer profiling. March 2009. Photo: Detlev Helmig (INSTAAR). INSTAAR?s Detlev Helmig operating an electric winch to raise instrumentation with the tethered balloon during the the Ocean-Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OASIS) experiment in Barrow, Alaska. March 2009. Great day for ballooning! Detlev Helmig standing behind a Dobson ozone column photometer at NOAA's Barrow Baseline Observatory. March 2009. Photo: Detlev Helmig. Drop DOAS! - Patrick Boylan and Holger Shiler operating a balloon mounted a Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) instrument Barrow Arctic Research Consortum (BARC) Building The balloon winch before it was completely buried Graduate student Patrick Boylan installing a sonic anemometer on a flux tower during the the Ocean-Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OASIS) experiment at Barrow, Alaska. March 2009. Photo: Detlev Helmig.
Peru BVOC Program
Peru BVOC Program Location of the observatory of Huancayo in the Peruvian Andes. Peru BVOC Program Embarking for a 5-hour boat transfer to the forest research site. Peru BVOC Program Tower climb at the Los Amigos Biologial Research Station. Peru BVOC Program Detlev exploring Anaconda Pond. Peru BVOC Program Return journey in 5-hours of pouring rain. Los Amigos Biological Station forest research tower. Early morning bathroom visitors. Photovoltaic power generation on the forest tower at Explorer’s Inn in the Peruvian Amazon. Ready to climb. Detlev Helmig visiting Peruvian collaborator Luis Suarez’ family.
Education & Outreach
Detlev with students. April 2009. Detlev with students. April 2009. Detlev with students. April 2009. Detlev with students. April 2009.
Detlev with students. April 2009. Detlev Helmig at INSTAAR's Open House April 2010, explaining to Casey Middle Schhool 8th graders how air is captured and filled into the NOAA flasks.
Detlev Helmig at INSTAAR's Open House April 2010, explaining to Casey Middle Schhool 8th graders how air is captured and filled into the NOAA flasks.
Detlev Helmig at INSTAAR's Open House April 2010, explaining to Casey Middle Schhool 8th graders how air is captured and filled into the NOAA flasks.
Creekside Nursery, Boulder, Colorado
Ryan Daly (INSTAAR; Mechanical Engineering grad student) installing a branch enclosure experiment on a flowering crap apple tree. INSTAAR's Atmospheric Research Laboratory is conducting a year-round study of biogenic volatile organic compound emissions from urban shade trees at the Creekside Tree Nursery in Boulder, CO. Vegetation emit compounds that play an important role in atmospheric chemistry and local air quality. April 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Inside the trailer, Autosampler (x3), ozone monitor and laptops to control. April 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Trees around trailer at Creekside Nursery. April 2009 Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Trailer and surrounding trees. May 2009 Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). From left to right: Douglas Fir, Crabapple, Norway Maple, Bristlecone Pine (x2). April 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Detail of the enclosure on Horsechestnut. May 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Adsorbant tubes on Auto Sampler. May 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Romain setting up a empty enclosure to identify contaminants. April 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR) Branch enclosure on a Honey Locust. June 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR). Hawthorne flowers. May 2009. Photo: Romain Baghi (INSTAAR).
Group Socials
Soccer at Boulder High - August 2009 Soccer at Boulder High - August 2009 Soccer at Boulder High - August 2009
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