Observations and Research

The main research aim at the site is to observe different atmospheric parameters relevant for climate change, regional pollution, atmosphere-ecosystem interactions, aerosol chemistry and physics based on long-term measurements.

The specific research topics include formation and growth of aerosol particles, concentrations of aerosol particles of natural and anthropogenic origin, aerosol optics, atmospheric trace gases, grassland-savannah carbon balance, ecosystem interactions and water balance in a water-limited ecosystem. Due to frequent lightning, the station is equipped with comprehensive incoming power and signal protections and it is built to start automatically after each power failure. The data are transferred wirelessly to a server for quality assurance.

In addition to the continuous measurements there have been short-term (one year or less) measurements of biogenic and anthropogenic VOC's, aerosol chemical composition and column concentrations of atmospheric trace gases.

Data availability

Data collected at the site can be utilized in co-operation with the North-West University, Finnish Meteorological Institute and University of Helsinki. If you are interested in utilizing the data, please contact us.