APRIL 2013 UPDATE
NAAMEX is now merged with the SOAS campaign to become NOMADSS/SAS
Research flights on the NCAR C-130 start in June 2013 to investigates sources and sinks of Mercury, Nitrogen Oxidants and aerosols. Our group will be measuring total and speciated mercury with the UW Detector of Oxidized HG Species (UW-DOHGS).
AUGUST 2012 UPDATE
The UW-Detector for Oxidized Hg Species (UW_DOHGS) will fly again!
After our sucessful WAMO project (Lyman and Jaffe 2011) , the National Science Foundation has recommended funding for the North American Airborne Mercury Experiment (NAAMEX). This will be the first ever airborne Hg experiment to examine the US Hg sources from coal burning. The UW-DOHGS instrument will play a critcal role in the sucessful outcome of the experiment. NAAMEX will build on the results from WAMO. This experiment will use the NCAR C-130 aircraft in two 3-week deployments: one based in the Western U.S. and the other in the Eastern U.S. Both will take place in the summer of 2013.
NAAMEX will incorporate a number of high quality measurements, including speciated Hg, CO, O3, NOx, aerosols, HOx, hydrocarbons, halocarbons and halogens. We will also be fully integrated with multiple models operating in forecast mode and used for post-mission analysis. The experiment is a partnership between the Universities of Washington, Colorado, Georgia Tech, UC-Irvine and MIT. Dan Jaffe and Lyatt Jaegle are the mission and co-mission leads, respectively.
NAAMEX will be part of a broader aircraft experiment called Nitrogen, Oxidants, Mercury and Aerosol: Distributions, Sources and Sinks (NOMADSS). Details on NOMADSS can be found here.
Key scientific objectives and questions:
- Constrain emissions of mercury from major source regions in the United States. What is the spatial distribution of mercury in the boundary layer in the western US, Midwest, and Eastern USA? Are observations consistent with bottom-up emissions inventories? Can we separate US sources from global sources?
- Quantify the distribution and chemical transformations of speciated mercury in the free troposphere. How does the speciation of mercury change with increasing height in the free troposphere over the US? How is this speciation affected by atmospheric oxidation, precipitation, cloud-processing, and stratospheric intrusions? How does the partitioning of mercury evolve in the outflow of emission regions?
For more information: contact Dan Jaffe, University of Washington-Bothell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-352-5357)