Field Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer

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.

July 16, 2013

Water Isotopes Leave Fingerprints for Climate Scientists

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.

June 25, 2013

Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene

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.

May 12, 2013

The Coolest Presentations at EGU 2013 - Tuesday, April 9

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.

April 8, 2013

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.

April 7, 2013

Changes in Land-Use Impacts Water Balance in the Ecosystem

A recent article from Hydrological Processes examines groundwater recharge and water quality following changes in land use in an area of the Loess Plateau of China. Changes in land use, particularly transitions between grasslands and forests, have potentially large impacts on water balance and salt fluxes in the ecosystem.

March 20, 2013

A Google Glass app I want made: carbon emissions viewer

A 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.

March 15, 2013

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.

March 13, 2013

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...

March 13, 2013

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.”

March 6, 2013

Cool Ways Companies are Using the iPad

Tara Struyk describes 9 ways innovative companies are using an iPad for business applications, including a description oh how the Picarro Surveyor incorporates the iPad for real-time visualization of natural gas leaks.

March 6, 2013

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!

March 4, 2013

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].

February 27, 2013

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.

February 25, 2013