Central Laboratories

Central Laboratories

The following Central Laboratories (in black on the map) will provide access in the framework of ATMO-ACCESS:

  1. Integrated Carbon Observation System Atmospheric Thematic Center (ICOS-ATC) – France
  2. Centre for Reactive Trace Gases In Situ Measurements (CiGAS-CH) – Switzerland
  3. World Calibration Center for Aerosol Physics (WCCAP) – Germany

Integrated Carbon Observation System Atmospheric Thematic Center (ICOS-ATC)

ATC/ICOS

Location: Plateau de Saclay, Paris suburb, France

Web site address: https://icos-atc.lsce.ipsl.fr/

The ATC of ICOS in LSCE performs the data processing of all Atmospheric data in Europe and hosts the atmospheric metrology laboratory: MLAB of ICOS. The Mlab holds ultra-precise reference GHG instruments used in the calibration of ICOS instruments before in situ deployment. Its calibration protocols have been adopted by the industry. It coordinates the measurements specification of ICOS Atmosphere and has worldwide recognized expertise on the subject. The test bench of the ICOS Mlab allow full characterisation of GHG instruments metrological performances. In particular: precision, repeatability, drift, linearity, sensitivity, cross talk, etc. Mlab water bench enables water vapour correction validation and optimisation when needed.

Centre for Reactive Trace Gases In Situ Measurements (CiGAS-CH)

APRECON-TOFMS for the analysis of VOCs and halocarbons in sample canisters

Location: Duebendorf, Switzerland

Web site address: https://www.empa.ch/web/s503

For VOCs EMPA is the Swiss node of the ACTRIS Central facility CiGAS. In ATMO-ACCESS the CiGAS-CH facility of EMPA will provide 3 services related to trace compounds in air samples filled in canisters: 1- Measurement and calibration for VOCs; 2- Measurement and calibration for halocarbons;, 3- Measurement and calibration for N2O isotopes. These measurements can be used for source allocation and emission estimation of VOCs, halocarbons and N2O. EMPA has a long-standing experience in these analyses and is one of the only institutes equipped with analytics, mass-spectrometers and laser-based instruments, and link to international scales for these challenging measurements. Also a combination of these measurements is possible in the canisters. Furthermore, CiGAS-CH provides 4- remote access for the support of users of the @VOC@ tool, used for VOC data quality assessment.

World Calibration Center for Aerosol Physics (WCCAP)

World Calibration Center for Aerosol Physics (WCCAP)

Location: Leipzig, Germany

Web site address: https://www.actris-ecac.eu/index.html

WCCAP is the Germany node of the ACTRIS Central facility for Aerosol In Situ measurements, offering calibration, methodology and technical development, as well as and capacity building for microphysical and optical aerosol in-situ instrumentation for WMO-GAW, ACTRIS, national and international authorities as well as for small and medium-size enterprises. The WCCAP is also part and leads the ACTRIS aerosol in situ Topical Centre called the European Centre for Aerosol Calibration and Characterisation (ECAC).

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