USRL focuses on cost-effective UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) atmospheric applications (vertical profiling, 3D mapping, plume tracking) with miniaturized and lightweight atmospheric sensors fulfilling ACTRIS QA/QC and SOPs (e.g. Aerosol Number Size Concentration, Black Carbon Concentration).
PACS-C2 provides the possibility of testing new instrumentation and to perform (inter)calibrations or intercomparisons.
Existing standard operation procedures can be used for comparison of new with established analytical techniques/instruments with the user.
Testing and calibration of aerosol samplers and aerosols/gas monitors (e.g. low-cost detectors): connection/introduction of the samplers/detectors to/in the chamber, production of different aerosol and gas species, comparison of the detectors response with those of the ChAMBRe reference equipment.
Multi-wavelength on-line and off-line measurement of the optical properties (absorption and scattering) of atmospheric aerosols: injection of different aerosol species (soot, dust, salt, organic), modulation of the meteo-climatic conditions, on-line measurement by 3-lambda photoacoustics monitors (PAXs), OPS and SMPS, sampling on filters/impactors and off-line analyses by Multi Wavelength Absorbance Analyzer (MWAA)and two-lambda thermo-optical analysis.
Testing/characterization/calibration of bioaerosol on-line monitors/sensors: injection of different bacteria strains and measurement of the detectors response, testing of selection/identification algoritms, comparison with WIBS-NEO response, possibility to include fungi and pollens.