Latest from the Picarro Blog

Latest from the Picarro Blog

  • Goldschmidt 2014 and ASITA keep us busy for the month of June!

    Picarro booth at Goldschmidt 2014

    In early June we made the short trip from Picarro’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley to Sacramento and Davis for Goldschmidt 2014 and ASITA.  Although pretty different conferences, we had a great time at both and had some excellent conversations with globally-recognized isotope geochemists, newcomers to the field, avid Picarro users and those just getting into the game.  

  • Highlights from EGU 2014

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    We had a great time at EGU 2014 in Vienna, Austria! We enjoyed meeting everyone and learning more about the great research taking place across water, air and soil applications. We were excited to see the interest in our demos and look forward to sharing our analyzers in action at future events. Our Tech Talk turnout was amazing and we hope you enjoyed the poster sessions featuring Picarro instruments.

  • USGS/CUAHSI Virtual Workshop on Laser Spectroscopy

    The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), in partnership with USGS, recently hosted a Virtual Workshop on Laser Specs for Field Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects. I was invited to present on Picarro and Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy as applied to hydrology and biogeosciences, and you can watch the webinar here:

  • Highlights from the 2013 ASA, CSSA & SSSA Meetings in Tampa FL

    The TASCO thermo-gradient table in action in the Picarro booth with two new soil flux chambers from Forerunner Research

    November kicked off with the Soil, Crop and Agriculture Science Societies annual meetings, held this year in Tampa, FL, November 3-6. For those who were not able to attend, the focus of the meetings was Water, Food, Energy and Innovation for a Sustainable World. Six topical themes were covered: Sensing Innovation, Climate Change, the Food-Water-Soil Nexus, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Improved Nutrient Management, and Energy, Soils, and Crops.

  • Forerunner brings membrane technology to simplify soil gas efflux measurements

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    Did you know that soils produce 10 times more CO2 than all fossil fuel combustion? Surprisingly, it is true. Soil respiration produced 119.6 GigaTons of carbon per year during the 1990s, which far out paces the 6.4 GigaTons of carbon produced annually by the burning of fossil fuels in the same period (IPCC, 4th assessment, WG I, 2007, Figure 7.3).

  • A trip to Paris is never a bad thing...

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    A trip to Paris is never a bad thing, especially when the excuse is a gathering of about 50 of the top atmospheric scientists from around the world who are using water vapor isotopes. Last week, scientists from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement (LSCE) hosted an intimate workshop on “Advances In Observations, Models And Measurement Techniques Of Atmospheric Water Vapor Isotopes” at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Gif-sur-Yvette.

  • Having a Field Day with Measurements at the Summer Soil Institute

    One of the great things about being a part of the Picarro team is the ability to attend conferences that will give us knowledge to support potential, new, and veteran users of Picarro technology.

  • Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer (Part 3: Amy Steiker)

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    Our previous Blog in the Isotopic N2O series featured instrument testing results from Rich Farrell at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.  

  • Methane Emissions Estimate from Airborne Measurements in Uintah Basin

    Anna Karion and Colm Sweeney

    The American Geophysical Union has accepted an article for publication, Methane emissions estimate from airborne measurements over a western United States natural gas field, from lead authors Anna Karion and Colm Sweeney based on joint research by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the Natio

  • The Chile Water Vapor Isotope Diary: Measurements on one of the driest places on Earth's surface

    Prof. Joe Galewsky at the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile

     

    In the second part of the blog post of his Chilean research diary, Prof. Joe Galewsky will focus on the details and significance of his research in Chile, an account that is captivating by all means.

  • A 360 Degree View of Natural Gas Production and Delivery

    The New York Times

    During a visit with the EPA in Washington DC just over a month ago, Michael Woelk, Picarro CEO, had an opportunity to set down with a diverse group of media: Platts Energy Week, ClimateWire and The New York Times. Mike was impressed with the research the reporters had done in preparing for the discussions, and with both the breadth and depth of questions he was asked.

  • ClimateWire 3-Part Series on Natural Gas

    ClimateWire

    Stephanie Paige Ogburn of ClimateWire has written an in-depth 3-part series on natural gas that makes a compelling case for accurately measuring leaks from production to delivery.

  • Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer (part 2: Rich Farrell)

    Rich Farrell

    In the first post of this series, I noted that Gloria Jacobson, Picarro product manager for greenhouse gas analyzers, had been discussing Picarro G5101-i analyzer test results with several scientists, and would provide more detailed information in a series of posts.

  • The Chile Water Vapor Isotope Diary

    Professor Joe Galewsky onsite in Chile

     

    By Professor Joe Galewsky - San Pedro de Atacama, June 15th 2013

    It’s been raining here in Chile’s Atacama Desert and snowing up on the nearby Chajnantor Plateau, a very rare event in this usually dry part of the world!

  • Field Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer

    Gloria Jacobson in marsh land

    Gloria Jacobson, Picarro product manager for greenhouse gas analyzers, has been very busy lately. As the picture shows, she has been testing products in nearby marsh lands. In addition, she has discussed field tests with independent scientists, and attended several conferences in the U.S. and China. Over the next few weeks, she will be sharing her insights through a series of blog posts. 

  • The Future of Natural Gas Leak Detection

    Picarro Surveyor for Natural Gas Leaks

    The future of natural gas leak detection is the subject of two recent publications.

  • Water Isotopes Leave Fingerprints for Climate Scientists

    Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program

    The embedded video, produced by Marsha Walton and reported by Miles O'Brien, describes how University of Colorado meteorologist David Noone and his team are working to understand how water moves around the planet. According to the accompanying article, "The measurements are made using an optical measurement technology which has only recently become available, and which allows continuous in situ observations to be made on a practical basis.

  • Kate Dennis Joins Picarro as Product Manager for Isotopic Water

    Kate Dennis, Ph.D.

    Kate Dennis, PhD has joined Picarro as Product Manager for Isotopic Water.

  • Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene

    CO2 Concentrations at Mauna Loa Observatory

    An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.

  • The New Western Fugitives: Ozone Ingredients from Oil and Gas

    A few weeks ago, we posted a story from Upstream, the International Oil & Gas Newspaper, titled University of Wyoming researchers are on a quest to discover why big-city pollutant is now apperaing in sparsely populated area.

  • University of Wyoming researchers are on a quest to discover why big-city pollutant is now appearing in sparsely populated area

    Dr. Rob Field and Picarro 2204 Mobile Unit

    The March 22 issue of Upstream, The International Oil & Gas Newspaper, includes several articles on the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming.

  • The Coolest Presentations at EGU 2013 - Tuesday, April 9

    Picarro Surveyor at EGU

    The Picarro InvestigatorTM for Methane Research sets outside the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) as the General Assembly 2013 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) opens on Monday, April 8.

    If you're attending EGU and would like to join us for a test ride, sign-up at Booth 50. For complete details of our EGU activities and links to abstracts and posters, please go to the Coolest Customers at EGU.

  • The Coolest Presentations at EGU 2013 - Monday, April 8

    The coolest presentations on earth are taking place this week at EGU 2103 in Vienna, Austria. We'll be giving you an advance look at each day's presentations and posters from Picarro customers and scientists. For conference details, take a look at The Coolest Customers at EGU

  • The New Tech that Aims to Make Methane Leaks a Thing of the Past

    Amy Westervelt’s article in Forbes says, “Picarro has developed a vehicle-mounted surveying product that enables utilities to cruise around their territories, constantly on the look out for methane leaks.” The article includes several statements from Steve Redding of PG&E, including this quote about Pic

  • Changes in Land-Use Impacts Water Balance in the Ecosystem

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  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Views Picarro Analyzers

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    Australian Prime Minister (PM) Julia Gillard visited Dr. Margaret Barbour's lab during the launch of the University of Sydney's new Centre for Carbon, Water and Food.

  • A Google Glass app I want made: carbon emissions viewer

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    post by Katie Fehrenbacher on GigaOM notes that “Google showed off a few sample apps for its augmented reality Google Glass at the SXSW festival this week.” Katie is very clear about the app at the top of her wish list, “I really want an app that helps people see the world differently and potentially help with important global issues like climate change.” She adds that, “The concept could be pretty simple.

  • Tune in at 8:00 P.M. PDT for a Special Radio Program on Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Emissions

    This evening at 8:00 P.M. PSD, there is an hour long KQED (Public Radio for Northern California) radio program related to hydraulic fracturing (Wednesday, March 13th ). The program presents a conversation with Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund; and Rhonda Zygocki, vice president of policy and planning for Chevron and focuses on how natural gas released by hydraulic fracturing is turning energy markets upside down.

  • How NASA Scientists Are Turning Los Angeles Into One Big Climate-Change Lab

    An article by John Metcalfe in the Atlantic Cities takes a detailed look at Los Angeles’ role in the Megacities Carbon Project. The article is from an essay in the ebook “City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There,” co-produced in partnership by The Atlantic Cities and Ted Books. The article also describes the California Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (CLARS). While we readily admit to some bias, we specifically like...

  • New Mobile Methane Surveyor Could Put An End To The Fracking Debate

    An article by Andrew Berger in CleanTechnica describes the role Picarro can play in bringing transparency to natural gas production. Here are a couple of quotes from the article:

    “We can identify source of methane emissions and natural gas pipeline leaks, pinpoint and quantify them on a map just by driving by. No one’s ever been able to do that before.”

  • Cool Ways Companies are Using the iPad

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    An article by Tara Struyk on Techopedia describes 9 ways innovative companies are using an iPad for business applications, including a description of how the Picarro Surv

  • Picarro Surveyor™ for Natural Gas Leaks is in Houston, TX this Week

    Picarro Surveyor™ for natural gas leaks is in Houston, TX USA this week (March 4 to 8) for test drives.

  • Picarro Announces Surveyor™ for Natural Gas Emissions

    Friday’s post with details of Michael Woelk’s Energy Innovation Pioneer Showcase Presentation tomorrow at CERAWeek 2013 mentioned that we would be announcing a major addition to our Surveyor™ mobile, real-time geo-informatics platform today. Well here it is!

  • Picarro to Present as Part of the Energy Innovation Pioneer Showcase at CERAWeek

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    Picarro CEO Mike Woelk, an Energy Innovation Pioneer 2012 recipient, will present on new technologies in natural gas emissions measurement and natural gas safety at the 32nd annual IHS CERAWeek taking place March 4th through March 8th, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

    CERAWEEK EVENT DETAILS

  • Picarro Greenhouse Gas Analyzer Monitoring Ambient Carbon Dioxide Levels in Cape Town

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    Take a look at how our Cool Customer, Alecia Nickless, is using Picarro technology to monitor ambient carbon dioxide levels in Cape Town, South Africa.

    http://capecarbon.blogspot.nl/2013/02/picarros-are-twitter.html  

  • NASA Jet uses Picarro Greenhouse Gas Measurement Technology to Test Bay Area Air Quality

    According to a news story from San Francisco Bay Area ABC TV station and online news outlet KGO, “An aircraft that looked like a fighter jet seen making low passes over the Bay Area Thursday [February 21] is the latest weapon scientists are using to fight air pollution, an airborne lab that could someday allow us to breathe cleaner air. It was out to capture ozone and greenhouse gases over the Bay Area in the never-ending battle to control air pollution. One of the under wing pods is equipped as an airborne science lab [powered by Picarro Greenhouse Gas Measurement Technology].

  • Rob Jackson's TEDx Talk on Fracking

    Rob Jackson, a professor at Duke University, gave an excellent TED talk on the environmental and economic impacts of fracking.

  • Picarro CTO Eric Crosson and Philippe Ciais of LSCE to Convene a Session at EGU13 on Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Call for Abstract

    We would like to tell you about a session at the EGU 2013 General Assembly, April 7-12, 2013 in Vienna, which Picarro CTO Eric Crosson and Philippe Ciais of LSCE will convene.

  • From Bottled Water to Ethanol: Using Stable Isotopes to Trace Origin & Detect Fraud in Brazil

    Jose Marcus Godoy

    The Brazilian bottled mineral water market is valued at a sizeable multi-billion liters produced annually. This large bottled water production associated with a surge in its seasonal demand presents a tempting opportunity for counterfeits to make their way into the Brazilian marketplace.  In Prof. José Marcus Godoy’s study, the use of stable isotope analysis (d18O & dD) was proven to be a valuable tool in tracing the origin of the bottled water to at least the state level within the vast territory of Brazil.

  • Picarro's Superflux at the Cabauw Superstation: InGOS Flux Instrument Trial

    Cabauw Super Station - InGOS

    While carbon dioxide (CO2) currently contributes to two-thirds of anthropogenic radiative forcing, the effects from other greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as methane and nitrous oxide, remain largely uncharacterized and could significantly impact the future of global climate change.  In order to address uncertainties in emissions, the Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System (InGOS) project is focused on improving and extending the European observation capacity for non-CO2 GHGs.

  • Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) Seminar in Japan, July 2012

     Dr. Naohiro Yoshida of Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Dr. Hideki Nara of NIES, Dr. Yoshito Chikaraishi of JAMSTEC

    Climate and earth scientists gathered in Tokyo for a seminar on Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) hosted by Picarro’s partners in Japan, Sanyo Trading Co. Ltd.  Special guest speakers, Dr. Naohiro Yoshida of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dr. Hideki Nara of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Dr. Yoshito Chikaraishi of the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) provided talks on their diverse fields of research.  Highlights included Dr.

  • Hydrologist Ricardo Sánchez-Murillo Sets Up Costa Rica’s First Stable Isotope Lab

    Ricardo Sanchez-Murillo

    Ricardo Sánchez-Murillo of the National University of Costa Rica foresees water challenges affecting even the wettest regions of the globe, such as Central America. Applying his experience gained from the University of Idaho-Moscow, he’s intent on finding solutions by studying Costa Rica’s little understood water systems.

  • Bermuda Prepares for Hurricane Leslie

    Bermuda Hurricane Leslie

    Hans-Christian Steen-Larsen is a Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated with the Danish Council for Independent Research, Denmark and CIRES, University of Colorado - Boulder, USA.

  • The Top Ten Mobile Platforms for Picarro Analyzers

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    At Picarro, the fun thing about making instruments that are field-deployable is watching the pictures come in from our customers in the field – people find all sorts of ways to put their Picarros on mobile platforms. Here’s the latest installment of our “Top Ten List” – some of our favorite mobile Picarros!

  • In the Lab with Stable Isotope Guru Dr. Stanislaw Halas at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland

    Lublin, Poland

    Housed in the first floor of the physics building of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland (UMCS-Lublin) is a lab that is responsible for some very impressive technical innovations to enable isotope analysis of a variety of light and heavy elements over the years.

  • Dr. Joe Galewsky on Measuring Water Vapor in the World’s Driest Desert

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    I had the opportunity to speak with one of our customers, Dr. Joe Galewsky of the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, on his long term water vapor isotope monitoring project in Chile. The location offers a unique opportunity to understand how climate change is affecting the atmospheric water vapor cycle. Here’s a transcript of that conversation.

  • Congratulations to Dr. David Noone, Winner of The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

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    Congratulations to a community member many of you know:  Dr. David Noone, a CIRES Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder.  David has just been awarded the The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or "PECASE". It is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists. 

  • NASA and Picarro's Alpha Jet Collaboration

    GOSAT - Nasa Ames

    My name is Rebecca Vincent. I attend Gunn High School and am interning at Picarro for the summer. I had the opportunity to visit the NASA Ames Research Center with several colleagues, Yoonah Danskin, Melissa Palmer, and Gloria Jacobson to watch the launch of the Alpha Jet on this-year’s GOSAT calibration mission.

  • Back to the Greenhouse Gas Future: A Conversation with Jim Butler, Director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division

    NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Annual Conference 2012 Group Photo

    According to their website, the Global Monitoring Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA/ESRL/GMD) “conducts sustained observations and research related to source and sink strengths, trends, and global distributions of atmospheric constituents that are capable of forcing change in the climate of Earth through modification of the atmospheric radiative environment, those that may cause depletion of the global ozone layer, and those that affect baseline air quality."

  • Interview with “Glacial Balance” Filmmaker Ethan Steinman

    Part science documentary, part humanitarian expose´ and part adventure flick, “Glacial Balance” profiles the work of ice core expert Dr. Lonnie Thompson and the plight of local people who are dependent on the Andean glaciers.

  • The Promise of Natural Gas

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    Natural gas will not live up to its promise without the vital support of a society focused on transparency.

    One mustn’t look too far to find a story about natural gas production - whether from the perspective that it will transform the global economy or drive the climate past the point of no return. Whether you’re for gas or against it, the only chance we have to make clearheaded decisions about the issue is through credible measurements and complete transparency.

  • Fun things to hear from the field: the Greenland field season is underway!

    Palette after combat offload at NEEM

    I just got an email from our customer Hans Christian Steen-Larsen who is at NEEM:

    "Greetings from NEEM where I'm setting up my vapor system once again. This time I have the Picarro from France - the serial number is HBDS012. The good things was that the analyzer started up right away after having been combat off-loaded on the put in flight (open snow landing)."

  • Dr. Zhonghe Pang on Groundwater Recharge, Geothermal Energy, and Carbon Sequestration

    Zhonghe Pang

    I had the opportunity to speak with one of our customers, Dr. Zhonghe Pang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on using water isotopes to understand and mitigate climate change including: land use and ground water recharge, modeling geothermal reservoirs, and testing the CO2 storage capacity of deep saline aquifers. Here’s a transcript of that conversation.

  • The Picarro List: About an Analyzer Named Walter

    Captain Jean-Luc Picarro at the Masaya Volcano

    When spending more time with their instruments than they do with their families -- especially during field season -- Picarro customers often pass the time coming up with clever names for their instruments. Here are a few stories about our favorites:

  • Mid IR and the Transparency Spectrum

    With the release of our newest instrument, the G5101-i for N2O concentration and isotope analysis, Picarro is ready to give scientists (not to mention policy makers and concerned citizens) more insight into the global nitrogen cycle and its interdependence with agriculture, climate, and the Earth’s natural ecosystems. Now our customers can easily and precisely measure the four most critical greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), water vapor (H2O), and nitrous oxide (N2O).

  • The Methane Road Less Taken: Surveying Terrestrial CH4 from an RV

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    UC Santa Barbara scientists, Dr. Ira Leifer, Paige Farrell and Dan Culling recently completed a methane measurement transect of the southern US while en-route to deliver their Picarro flux analyzer to a waiting ship in Louisiana.   The Picarro analyzer and other equipment was originally intended only for shipboard measurements, but Dr. Leifer calculated, that for the cost of shipping and airfare to the port, they could drive the instrument instead, and use the opportunity to gather long-distance mobile methane data.

  • "Picarro’s Believe It or NOT!" The Top Ten Weirdest Samples Ever Run Through Our Analyzers

    Jack Palance "Believe it... or NOT!"

    Our customers often measure some unusual things with our instruments. Liquids, gases and solids of all types, from deep sea vent water to bat breath to moth wings. We've collected a list of the weirdest… and we’ve added a few of our own as well as a few that we just made up. See if you can spot the fake analyses!

  • Presentations at EGU 2012 that You Won't Want to Miss

    1 - Session IG1/GMPV2.3/HS2.22/SSP5.1/SSS13.5/TS1.8, room 42 on Friday, 27 Apr 2012, 09:30:

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    Online Compound-Specific  δ13C and δD Determinations Using Laser Spectroscopy

    by N. Saad and J. Hoffnagle

     

    2- Session ERE5.2, room 28 on Thursday, 26 Apr 2012, 14:30

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  • Dispatch from London: Planet Under Pressure 2012

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    This past week a gathering of climate, ecology, economic and legal researchers and experts took place in London. Planet Under Pressure 2012 sought to address the global sustainability challenge as we enter the Anthropocene. Questions that were posed and debated include: how can we marry the needs of the developed and developing worlds? How can we leverage the latest research to increase economic output?

  • Chocolate Industry: Time to Act; Embrace Science

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    Multinational companies that are deriving a profit from chocolate products need to take responsibility for their supply chains, particularly if they involve child labor or illicit trade practices, both of which are occurring in the cocoa industry as we speak. The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) and other NGOs have raised this issue.

  • The Urban Issue: why we need to start measuring cities now

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    One thing I probably do a little too much of in this job is travel. While it can be a hassle, you do get to see a lot of places, meet a lot of interesting people and grow on both personal and professional levels. And like all matters in life, there are the little things that bring a smile to your face; learning cultural stereotypes are indeed expressed through national train operations; most people are nice, courteous and generally happy to talk to a visitor; every local food/drink is just great; and last but not least, the in-flight magazines can be good entertainment.

  • Picarro Surveyor™ for Natural Gas: Rapid, Accurate Leak Detection for Improved Safety; PG&E - First Utility to Deploy Technology

    Nick Stavropoulos

    In January, Picarro introduced a first-of-its-kind solution for natural gas pipeline leak detection and measurement, based on our new series of methane isotope analyzers. The new solution, called the Picarro Surveyor™ for Natural Gas Leaks, measures methane plumes in the air, maps them, and then immediately alerts users and repair teams upon leak detection in real-time while traveling at normal driving speeds.

  • Truth and Transparency About What’s Being Emitted into Our Air

    Methane and City CarbonTM have become buzzwords here at Picarro. Surely anyone familiar with carbon emissions and climate change knows that methane is a potent greenhouse gas and most emissions originate from cities.

  • Centre for Ice and Climate's Unique Solution for Ice Cores

    CFA Lab at NEEM

    The Centre for Ice and Climate at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark is one of the birthplaces of ice core science.  In 1954 Willi Dansgaard [1] suggested the correlation between the oxygen isotope ratio and temperature at which the precipitation was formed and postulated that past climate changes could be discerned by such measurements. Ten years later, in 1964, Willi Dansgaard outlined the capabilities and limitations of the isotopic paleothermometer for glaciological uses in Greenland and Antarctica in a milestone publication in Tellus [2].

  • Quarterly Featured Picarro Coolest Remote Sites

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    It's commonly said here at Picarro that our customers have more interesting lives than we do -- we're always receiving fantastic photos of someone with one of our instruments in some remote and often idyllic field location. We thought it would be fun to periodically share some of the amazing locations where our customers are doing field work. Here are the five that we've come up with this quarter including links to their research sites and a few selected photos (mouse over photos for captions): 

  • Picarro Technology Innovation Update: How Fundamental Improvements to the CRDS Cavity Vastly Enhances Performance

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    In my role as an Applications Scientist here at Picarro, I’m always getting questions from customers like, “So what’s new?” and “What new technology breakthroughs are you guys working on?” To better address these questions, I spoke with Picarro Senior System Engineer Dr. Yonggang He about the recent technology innovations that have enabled us to boost the performance of our isotopic carbon analyzers. Here’s a bit of our discussion:

  • Update on Emissions in Davos -- From Penn State Professor of Meteorology, Ken Davis

    Daily emissions in % difference from inventories: Black line =avg PRE-WEF  / Red line =avg DURING WEF / Green line =avg POST WEF

    Link to CityCarbon website showing current emissions in Davos

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    02 February, 2012 Summary of Results

  • Picarro and Partners Measure GHG Emissions During the WEF Meeting in Davos - See it at http://citycarbon.picarro.com/

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    Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of working with collaborators from Penn State, Climmod, Sigma Space, NOAA and others to demonstrate the power of using high precision instruments coupled with advanced modeling techniques to measure greenhouse gas emissions in cities. While many cities are taking a step in the right direction by volunteering to report their emissions estimates, the self-reported numbers are only based on calculations, not on measurements of what is in the air.  

  • Fair Trade Cocoa. Unfair on Children

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    Bravo to CNN for a thought provoking program on cocoa farm child labor in the Ivory Coast. The missing component from the discussion is that there is a solution that would go much further than the current crop of toothless fair trade ‘certifications’. Stable isotopes do a great job of distinguishing cocoa grown in different regions (see data inset).

  • HACCP: Use Stable Isotopes to Dig Deeper Into Your Supply Chain.

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    During a speech on Food Safety1, Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed the benefits of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point programs – HACCP.

  • Food Safety And Modernization Act. Neither safe nor modern?

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    The following is a transcript of my comments at the Nov 2nd 2011 Stakeholders Meeting set up by The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at the behest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in compliance with Section 204 of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The current programs only require documentation of the container itself. They are incapable of tracking the goods inside the container.

  • Notes from the Helm: Picarro's Quarterly Post from CEO Mike Woelk

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    Greetings! Welcome to the Picarro quarterly newsletter.  We’ve had an eventful summer at Picarro. On Sept. 1, 2011, the World Economic Forum named Picarro as Technology Pioneer. This award celebrates companies building innovative technologies that give back to society and contribute to the betterment of the world. Only 30 companies were selected out of nearly 1,000 applicants.

  • Notes From the Picarro Roof: Intern Jeff's Perspective

    The Calm Between the Storms, The Picarro Weather Station View

    Greetings, Picarro Community!   My name is Jeff Forgeron, and I am a meteorology major at San Jose State University. I am currently interning for Picarro, and was recently asked to design and implement a weather station on the rooftop using an All-In-One Climatronics instrument.

  • Farm Bill 2012; Molecular Tracking is a Necessity

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    It seems such a short time ago that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was expanded and enacted through Title XI of the Farm Bill 2008. Yet legislators have already started the committee meetings and town hall discussions that are framing the early debates on Farm Bill 2012. COOL was intended as a step forward to improve consumers’ ability of to make rational choices of the origin of their food. However, it highlights the most significant problem in the food industry – there is insufficient testing used to verify the origin of the foods in our stores and restaurants.

  • Stable isotopes and the police

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    When isotopes are mentioned in the same breath as law enforcement, the first thought that comes to mind is likely an atomic weapons-based attack using radioactive isotopes and what security forces can do to prevent it. That’s certainly the most publicized association between these words.

  • Picarro Named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2012 And Our (Modest) Plan to Change the World

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    Today the World Economic Forum announced that Picarro had been selected as a Technology Pioneer 2012. This is a tremendous honor and a proud day for all Picarro employees! The World Economic Forum is one of the most prestigious collaborative problem-solving organizations on the planet.

  • Opening Up Entirely New Field Applications With Picarro's New Carbon Isotopes Analyzer

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    Hi, there. I'm Kevin Cunningham and I am the product manager for isotopic carbon analyzers at Picarro. I got my PhD in laser spectroscopy (but don't hold that against me) so it has been thrilling to work at Picarro where laser spectroscopy has been applied to so many other fields. And, you may have noticed, we have been announcing some fantastic innovations lately and now its my turn. The new G2131-i isotopic analyzer improves the precision levels for δ13C measurements by 3X with a guaranteed specification of 0.1 per mil at 380 parts per million.

  • Per Meg, Anyone? Picarro's New Isotopic Water Analyzer Achieves Per Meg Precision

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    When I joined Picarro at the start of September in 2009, Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy technology for isotope analysis had only just been created. In short order CRDS was validated by researchers whose laboratories specialized in using isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS), devices which were previously considered the state of the art.

  • A deeper look into Picarro's technology -- and California cuisine!

    Benoit rings the bell -- 3 new orders from LSCE!

    Editor’s note: This post comes to us from Benoit Wastine from the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE/IPSL) CEA-CNRS-UVSQ in France.  http://www.lsce.ipsl.fr/en/