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The station open again for the 2017 season

Power and remote communication at the station were restored on June 22nd.  Current measurements include:

  • Aerosol light scattering and backscattering at 3 wavelengths
  • Optical particle count at two sizes (>0.3 microns and >0.4 microns)
  • Ozone
  • Black carbon
  • Aerosol sample collection for off-line microscopy analysis

Other instruments are planned to be installed soon. The intensive field campaign period will take place in July.

The Pico Mountain caldera lying above the clouds as seen from the aircraft on the way to Horta (20 June 2017)
Inspecting the power cable (21 June 2017)
Beautiful day at the station (21 June 2017)

Detlev Helmig

 dhelmigDetlev Helmig, Ph. D.

Associate Research Professor at the  Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)

Research Group Webpage

Pico Mountain Research Webpage


Dr. Helmig has been working at the Pico Mountain Observatory since 2004.  His expertise involves measuring trace gases at very low concentrations in remote environments.  His group’s most recent publication from research at the Pico Mountain Observatory is titled, “Climatology and Atmospheric Chemistry of Non-Methane Hydrocarbons Ethane and Propane over the North Atlantic” to be published in Elementa.