Atmospheric

Air Quality and Meteorology (AQUAM) Lab

Location: GLRC 304
Contact: Judith Perlinger 

Explore challenges and issues bridging the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere in the Air Quality and Meteorology (AQUAM) Lab. AQUAM provides facilities for graduate students and faculty to conduct experiments in a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary setting.

The lab supports collection of atmospheric parameters (such as wind speed, temperature, humidity, and trace gas) for use on land and over water. Display of real-time and archived meteorological and air-quality parameters is supported by the lab.

AQUAM also plays an important role in outreach efforts at the Center. Outreach activities include equipment demonstrations and laboratory and field measurements, which provide K–12 students, teachers, and the public, with opportunities to learn about inter-related atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere processes.

Current projects include:

  • Limnological and wetland biometeorology
  • Long-range transport of air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Effects of volcanic activity on the atmosphere

Important Equipment

  • A suite of atmospheric sampling tools including meteorological equipment; CO, CO2, NOx, ozone, and methane sensors; and aerosol sampling equipment
  • On-land measurement tools—including GLRC roof-top, ground measurement, and tower measurement
  • Offshore measurement tools—ship and buoy measurements