Latest from the Picarro Blog

Latest from the Picarro Blog

  • Quantifying carbon dioxide and methane efflux in the Mekong Delta in Cambodia and Vietnam

    Mekong Delta System

    At Picarro, we enjoy hearing how research groups are using our systems in their projects. Christopher Hackney and Daniel Parsons from the University of Hull (UK) are working on a series of UK Research Council and Newton Fund funded projects(e.g. with partners from the Universities of Southampton, Exeter (UK), Illinois (USA) and Can Tho (Vietnam) and the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (Vietnam)on the Mekong Delta in SE Asia.

  • O2, CO2, and Chlorophyll Walk into a Leaf...


    As the research and development of renewable energy sources increases in momentum, it was great to have the opportunity to participate in the First European Photosynthesis Congress held at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

  • VHP of just 30 ppb can oxidize and ruin pharmaceuticals

    As biologics have supplanted small molecules as the dominant focus for many leading pharmaceutical companies, robust manufacturing processes for isolators and RABS continues to be an evolving process. In this environment, as the need for significantly better VHP monitoring has grown quickly, Picarro H2O2 analyzers have increased in popularity.

  • Monitoring isotopic composition (δ18O, δD) of water vapor, precipitation and snow surface in the Antarctic region.


    Anna Kozachek of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), Saint Petersburg has taken time to write a description of her team’s use of the Picarro L2130-i and L2120-i during the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) project. The main goal of the expedition was to circumnavigate Antarctica, performing oceanographic and meteorological observations along the route as well as terrestrial observations on the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic islands. Learn more about their setup and overall findings.

  • Investigating Experimental Priming Effects in Anaerobic Decomposition of Peats from Discontinuous Permafrost in Canada


    Accelerated rates of warming and wildfires in northern regions of Canada will result in an extensive thaw of permafrost peatlands and peat plateaus. This could result in the potential release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, Canada have taken time to explain how they are using the Picarro G2201-I analyzer and Small Sample Introduction Module (SSIM) to further investigate if substrate addition “primes” peat decomposition.

  • Measuring Small Volume Gas Concentrations with the Small Sample Introduction Module


    The Picarro Small Sample Introduction Module (SSIM) is designed for processing small volumes of gas samples through a Picarro analyzer. Through a minor modification, we can now expand the functionality of the SSIM so that more accurate concentration measurements can be performed on both isotopic and concentration analyzers.

  • Please Attend Our Presentations at EGU 2018

    EGU 2018

    If you are attending the 2018 EGU General Assembly from April 9 to 13 in Vienna, Austria, we hope you’ll attend Picarro-authored oral and poster presentations. Following is a list of the presentations with day, date and times, location, title, and authors:

    Oral Presentation


    Fri, 13 Apr, 16:30, Room 0.88
    Quantification of atmospheric for formaldehyde by near-infrared cavity ring-down spectroscopy
    Chris Rella et al.

  • Optimize the Precision and Accuracy of Seawater and High-Saline Water Stable Isotope Measurements


    This is the third, and final, post in a three-part series that examines how Picarro analyzers, systems, and accessories ensure precise, accurate measurements of challenging seawater and high-saline water samples. The first post, Water Stable Isotope Measurements of Seawater, presents results from an inter-laboratory study designed to evaluate the quality of cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) derived measurements compared with the consistency and values of isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) measurements.

  • Please Join Us at EGU 2018

    EGU 2018

    If you are attending the 2018 EGU General Assembly from April 9 to 13 in Vienna, Austria, we hope you’ll stop by Picarro booth 28 and spend some time with Picarro team members. We welcome an opportunity to meet you and learn more about your ongoing research programs. And we’ll have Picarro isotope and gas concentration analyzers on display that may be of interest to you, including:

  • Stable Isotope Analysis of High-Saline Water

    This is the second post in a three-part series that examines how Picarro analyzers, systems, and accessories ensure precise, accurate measurements of challenging seawater and high-saline water samples.

  • Water Stable Isotope Measurements of Seawater


    We developed our water stable isotope analyzers, system peripherals, and accessories to give research scientists a less-expensive, easier-to-use solution for precise, accurate isotopic measurements. They’ve been used successfully in freshwater research for over a decade. More recently, scientists have tested our analyzers and systems, and we’ve continued to develop accessories to ensure precise, accurate measurements of more demanding seawater and high-saline water samples. This is the first of a three-part series that examines:

  • Measuring soil carbon fluxes in a remote North American temperate mountain ecosystem

    At Picarro, we often write about our products and applications. But we much prefer to read how our customers are using them in their research projects. Cole Brachmann, Guillermo Hernandez Ramirez, and David Hik with the Departments of Biological Sciences and Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, have taken time to pen a description of their summer soil flux study. Thanks to all three for sharing their experience.

  • Picarro Introduces an Oxygen Gas Concentration and Isotope Analyzer

    We've just introduced the Picarro G2207-i gas concentration and isotope analyzer for atmospheric applications including oxygen monitoring to identify the biogeochemical process involved in the carbon cycle. The analyzer combines high precision and low drift O2 concentration measurement with δ18O analysis in ambient air.

  • Introducing the Picarro PI2114 Hydrogen Peroxide Analyzer

    We've just introduced the new Picarro PI2114 hydrogen peroxide gas concentration analyzer for GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing. You can learn more about it and download a data sheet at Here's a short description about the applications it addresses and the benefits and advantages of using it.

  • Guarantee the Purity of Organic Coconut Water with a Picarro CM-CRDS System

    The production, sale, and distribution of coconut water is a multibillion-dollar global industry. Given the increase in preference and consumption of pure ‘organic' coconut water, producers are challenged to ensure product purity and maintain customer confidence. This demands an absolute method for producers to distinguish between ‘pure' coconut water, without added sugar, and ‘adulterated' water, with added sugar. The Picarro Combustion Module Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CM-CRDS) System is a low-cost, easy-to-use, accurate, and precise solution to identify the addition of C4 sugars (adulteration), based on the carbon isotopic (δ13C) composition of coconut water.

  • The Picarro GasScouter™ Mobile Analyzer goes to the ends of the Earth


    We introduced the Picarro GasScouter™ mobile gas concentration analyzer to make it easier for scientists to perform high-precision measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in the world’s most challenging, remote environments. And scientists at the University of Copenhagen are seizing the opportunity to use the new-generation, light-weight, portable, battery-powered cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) gas concentration analyzer at both ends of the Earth.

  • Picarro technology helps PG&E survey 5200 gas lines in Yolo County

    Picarro Surveyor Leak Detection

    Picarro's partnership with PG&E continues to make headlines. Using Picarro technology, PG&E is able to perform a precision survey and maintenance operation on 5200 gas lines in Yolo county that would normally take four months in only two weeks.

    Article: Gas leak survey set this week in Davis (The Davis Enterprise, 1/4/16)

  • Running your Picarro GasScouter and eosAC Off-Grid


    Author: Nick Nickerson,  Eosense


    Gas analyzers have become increasingly more precise over the past 10 years with the adoption of laser-based sources and ultra-long path length optical cells. However, usually this has been at the cost of power consumption, making them difficult to easily deploy in the field, especially off-grid.

  • Video: Advanced Technology Spots Gas Leaks

    If you saw one rolling through the neighborhood, you might mistake it for a Google maps car, but for more than a year and a half, PG&E has been cruising for gas leaks, using Ford Explorers that are actually super-sensitive, gas detection vehicles. (KGO-TV)

  • Arctic Water and Carbon Isotope Cycles from the USCG Icebreaker Healy: Chukchi Sea, Alaska July 2016

    Ice Breaker Healy

    The hydrologic and carbon cycles in the Arctic are currently changing in conjunction with climatic transitions. This includes changes in sea ice extent and thickness, Arctic Ocean pH, and patterns of primary productivity and food web dynamics. Additionally, sea ice related changes in evaporation processes are influencing winter and summer precipitation regimes and broader scale climatic patterns. For example, Arctic vortex shifts allow more Arctic air to reach lower latitudes, which can result in more frequent extreme weather events in the northeast United States.

  • A Wonderful Video Introduction to Stable Isotope Analysis for Food Safety

    Concerns about food safety and food origins are increasing around the world as our understanding of the potential health risks of adulterated food grows and consumers become aware of the risks of fraudulent food products that have been diluted with lower quality substitutes. Picarro's technology is at the forefront of the fight against food adulteration. Our isotopic analyzers allow scientists and regulators to analyze food ingredients to determine whether the food is genuine and came from where its label says it came from.

  • Extending minimum detectable flux to high-frequency measurements (Part 3)

    by Dr. Nick Nickerson, Eosense


    This is part 3 of a three-part series. Part 1, Evaluating Gas Emission Measurements Using Minimum Detectable Flux and part 2, Overview of Minimum Detectable Flux, are also available.

  • Overview of Minimum Detectable Flux (Part 2)

    by Dr. Nick Nickerson, Eosense

    This is part 2 of a three-part series. Part one, Evaluating Gas Emission Measurements Using Minimum Detectable Flux, is also available.

  • Evaluating Gas Emission Measurements Using Minimum Detectable Flux (Part 1)

    Static Flux Chamber

    Author: Dr. Nick Nickerson, Eosense 
    Photo: Brett Sattazahn  

  • When water vapor isotope observations meet an old schooner

    The schooner, Activ, an ice-class cargo vessel turned research vessel.

    by Hans Christian Steen-Larsen (hanschr at, Anne-Katrine Faber, and Malte Winther, Centre for Ice and Climate, University of Copenhagen

  • A trip on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta with USGS

    On the Delta with USGS

    By David Kim-Hak, Product Manager

    Delta Cruise Part I

  • Leading the way in ammonia measurement technologies for compliance with regulated emissions ceilings


    Across the globe ammonia emissions are on the rise.  Emissions inventories, and limited networks of ambient air measurements, suggest the rise is predominantly due to intensive farming practices and the increased use of nitrogen-based fertilizers.

  • Visiting the IAEA for a field demonstration of soil flux measurements for fertilizer optimization

    By Renato Winkler, Picarro Application Scientist -- Some weeks ago, I was invited to join and assist an International Atomic Energy Agency Regional Training Course on nitrogen management.

  • Using stable isotopes of water for water use efficiency in agriculture

    Participants in the IAEA/ICBA Regional Training Course in Dubai, UAE, Nov 2-6, 2014

    I just returned from a week-long trip to Dubai where I was fortunate to participate in and help lead an International Atomic Energy Agency Regional Training Course on “Separating evapotranspiration (ET) into evaporation (E) and transpiration (T) using isotopic and conventional techniques”.  The five day technical course gathered about 15 scientists from across the Middle East region to learn about the importance of understand water use efficiency in agriculture, and in particular how to use stable isotopes of water to partition water loss from crops into “good” water loss (transpiratio

  • Are you concerned with the Adulteration of Honey?

    Honey with barcode.JPG

    Are you aware that more and more honey suppliers and distributors are using stable isotopes to certify their products are free from adulteration? In addition, Customs and Border Protection agencies around the world regularly test for adulteration in imported honey products. Your customers will soon demand this information from you, or they will be forced to choose other suppliers. 

  • Crowd-sourced isotope study of Superstorm Sandy

    Samples arriving, the post office folks were quite busy for a while

    By Guest Bloggers Stephen Good and Gabe Bowen

    Well, we’re approaching the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and we figured it would be a good time to reminisce about that intensive sample storm that swirled through our Utah lab after the floodwaters of Sandy subsided in New Jersey …

  • 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


    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.

  • Eosense brings membrane technology to simplify soil gas efflux measurements

    Picarro in Field with Forerunner.jpg

    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...


    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 (Amy Steiker)

    Amy Steiker with Picarro G5101-i at CU Lab.jpg

    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.

  • ClimateWire 3-Part Series on Natural Gas


    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 (Professor 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.

  • 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

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

    Hydrological Processes Magazine Cover.gif

  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Views Picarro Analyzers


    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


    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


    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 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 Greenhouse Gas Analyzer Monitoring Ambient Carbon Dioxide Levels in Cape Town


    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.  

  • 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.

  • 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


    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

    David Noone - Award Photo

    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."

  • The Promise of Natural Gas


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).