By Kristina Mojica
I’m part of the Russell research group, along with my colleagues Raghu Betha, Chia-li (Candice) Chen, and Maryam Lamjiri, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Our group focuses on Aerosols, which are microscopic liquids and solids suspended in the air. Aerosols may be formed over the ocean when wave generated bubbles burst and eject particles into the atmosphere. Aerosols are important to climate as they act as seeds for cloud droplets. The ability of water to collect on aerosols is determined by their size and chemical composition. We have several instruments housed in our sampling van that we use to determine these properties. The aerosols are sampled through an inlet that reaches 50 ft above the ocean surface.
A view of the interior of the Russell group Aerosol Sampling van. Photo: Derek Price
The aerosol sampling vans (affectionately known as the “aerosol trailer park”). From left to right, the PMEL van, the Scripps van, The UCI van. The inlet reaches 50 ft above the ocean surface. Photo: Derek Price
As our instruments sample aerosols continuously, we are able to sample beyond the designated stations of the project. We began measuring aerosols while at the …read more
Source:: NAAMES-II Expedition: May 19, 2016