University of California at Santa Barbara - Valentine Lab

David Valentine, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences SANTA BARBARA, CA — My lab team at UCSB studies the interactions among microbes, and between microbes and the Earth system. Our projects probe the global methane and hydrogen cycles, microbial physiology, and hydrocarbon biogeochemistry, with field sites from the Arctic to southern

Earth Networks

Robert Marshall, CEO GERMANTOWN, MD — We are deploying the world’s largest privately owned greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement network. This network will include 50 Picarro G2301 instruments to measure carbon dioxide and methane in the U.S., with 50 more slated for deployment outside U.S. borders. We are partnering with the

Joanneum Institute

Albrecht Leis, Senior Scientist Hermann Stadler, Senior Scientist GRAZ, AUSTRIA — We used the Picarro isotopic water analyzer in a project financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. High in the Austrian Alps our team (from the Joanneum Research Institute of Water Resources Management) installed a

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

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

Nerdgasm! Building Cool Scientific Instruments, and the Joys of Innovation

Prior to Picarro, I was on the academic path. I completed my PhD under the supervision of a brilliant scientist, then scored a post-doc position with a highly regarded researcher doing cutting-edge work that gained attention from the press (and also happened to be in Hawaii). But I rapidly discovered

Wing Pods, UAVs and NASA = Very Cool, Very Innovative Science

I've got two simple yet evocative phrases for you. Wing pods. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Excited? We are. During late June, a team of top scientists from the NASA Ames Research Center deployed three Picarro analyzers as part of the The Railroad Valley Vicarious Calibration Campaign, a collaboration between the Japan

Sable Isotope Biogeochemistry

GRANADA, SPAIN — The expedition also has what we reckon must be one of the most well-travelled Picarro analyzer’s. Dr. Antonio Delgado and his team from CSIC, Granada, received their isotopic CO 2 analyzer nearly two years ago. In this time it’s been measuring up in the snowy Sierra Nevada,

What’s a climate “model” and where does it come from?

Climate scientists can be divided into two large interactive groups: Experimentalists, who go out into the world and collect climate data (e.g., levels of carbon dioxide, methane concentration, seasonal temperature, snowfall rates, etc.); and Modelers, those who build computer simulations based on that data (called “climate models” by those in

Shepson Atmospheric Chemistry Group, Purdue University

Paul Shepson, Professor - Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA — The Shepson group is involved in fundamental studies of the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere, and specifically, photochemistry that occurs in the lowest 10-15 km, i.e. the troposphere. Most of our research questions ultimately relate to understanding factors that influence

RioTinto Alcan

Rio Tinto Alcan / British Columbia Operations - Air Qualiy QUEBEC, CANADA — We operate aluminum smelters. Our application for Picarro hydrogen fluoride (HF) analyzers is in our ambient air monitoring stations, monitoring ambient air quality at fenceline and in local communities for the protection of the environment and community