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

Date: May 18, 2017

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.

The photo to the right shows Bo Elberling of the University of Copenhagen taking soil flux measurements among the Penguins in Antarctica (Click to enlarge image). And the photo above, in the header, shows a couple of Bo’s colleagues, Jesper Riis Christiansen and Christian Juncher Jorgensen, using the GasScouter mobile analyzer to determine the magnitude and extent of atmospheric CH4 uptake across a variety of previously unexplored dry and well-drained tundra landforms which occupy vast areas in the ice-free part of the Artic and High Artic Greenland.

According to Jesper and Christian, “The light-weight, time-efficiency and low-power consumption enabled us to reach areas that have typically been considered out of reach for real-time high-precision measurement of important greenhouse gases.”

To make the GasScouter mobile analyzer even more beneficial for remote research studies, we’ve just added two NEW accessories that ease and enhance scientific investigations far off the grid.

The GPS Kit includes an antenna and module which quickly and easily install via one of the two USB ports. Complementary software allows GPS parameters to be included in the raw data file, which can be exported to KML format for mapping with Google Earth.

The Mobile Soil Flux System includes a stainless-steel gas flux chamber with quick connect-disconnect fittings that attach to the GasScouter gas inlet-outlet ports. Complementary software computes CO2 and CH4 soil flux measurements in real-time on a mobile tablet or smartphone.

Please visit the Picarro GasScouter webpage to download a copy of the Greenland Case Study and to learn more about the analyzer and its accessories.