Field Report: Measuring Carbon Fluxes with a 1500 Feet Tower and Avoiding Annoying Wildlife

One of the most interesting things we product managers get to do at Picarro is spend time in the field with customers learning how they use our analyzers. This way, we get to experience firsthand the challenges of doing science outdoors in remote locations - challenges like dealing with unpleasant wildlife (for example). Studying fluxes of greenhouse gases in the environment is definitely one of the areas where the full outdoor research experience is mandatory.

May 25, 2011

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALABAMA — My research program is broadly aimed at processes that influence the production and distribution of coastal marine plankton. The principal area of research that I am involved with is the ecology and biology of gelatinous zooplankton. I have recnetly been researching the impact of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill on plankton in the Gulf of Mexico.

May 9, 2011

John and the Volcano: Running an Analyzer at the Edge of Creation

This is a picture from one of our customers / collaborators, John Stix and fellow intrepid researchers from the Earth and Planetary Sciences Deparment at McGill University in Canada. We believe this is the first time anyone has driven a live, running anallyzer up and down a smoking volcano to capture gas concentration samples.

March 10, 2011

Department of Crop and Forest Sciences, University of Lleida

LLEIDA, SPAIN — Our lab performs isotopic water analysis with a Picarro L2120-i analyzer. Our principal application using the Picarro analyzer is the isotopic analysis of xylem water to identify variations in water source during its uptake from the soil. This is based on the fact that there is an evaporation gradient in the soil and as a result, water obtained from distinct depths has a distinct isotopic signal. We are using this principle in distinct contexts to resolve various questions...

January 1, 2011