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What was the purpose of AROMAT-II?

ISA-MAX-DOAS instruments
The ISA-MAX-DOAS instruments on the roof of the FUB.

The first Airborne ROmanian Measurements of Aerosols and Trace gases (AROMAT) campaign was held in Romania during September 2014. Its primary objectives were to test newly developed airborne instruments dedicated to air quality in the context of satellite validation.

ESA's AROMAT-II campaign was comprised of three field campaigns held in Romania and Germany in 2015 and 2016. The AROMAT consortium aimed to fill several gaps:

  1. Targeting more chemical species (SO2, H2CO in addition to NO2 and aerosols)
  2. Performing longer flight patterns for the AROMAT-1 UAV-based instruments and for FUBISS
  3. Testing of ground-based imaging systems for NO2 and SO2
  4. Adding airborne platforms (INCAS BN-2, Uni. Galati ultralight aircraft, DLR-Do-228) and related experiments (such as the VITO APEX, the Uni. Galati nadir DOAS experiment, or the intercomparison studies between the KNMI sonde with a commercial NO2 monitoring system onboard the BN2).


What was the outcome of AROMAT-II?

Overall the campaign was a success. A valuable dataset was acquired that allows a comparison between APEX and AirMAP. Soundings of aerosol and trace gas profiles above the city centre would be useful for the scientific interpretation but were not performed because of restrictions on the airspace.

Download AROMAT-II Final Report

Campaign Summary
Data Coverage (Year)August 2015, April and May-June 2016
Geographic SiteRomania (Bucharest and Turceni) and Germany (Berlin)
Field of ApplicationAtmospheric composition: NO2, SO2, aerosols
Data Size11 GB
LIDAR DataAvailable

Digital Object Identifier: - AROMAT II: "Airborne Romanian Measurements of Aerosols and Trace gases"


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