Exploratory Platforms

Observational Platforms
Observed components
Measured variables

ACTRIS Exploratory Platforms are atmospheric simulation chambers, laboratory platforms and mobile platforms that perform dedicated experiments and contribute data on atmospheric constituents, processes, events or regions following common ACTRIS standards.

Atmospheric simulation chambers and laboratories are highly instrumented facilities for the determination of parameters needed for understanding chemical, physical, or biological processes and for controlled simulation experiments under near-realistic environmental conditions.

Mobile platforms comprise land-based, shipborne and airborne facilities, and thus, allow investigations of various processes under specific meteorological, climatic, or topographic conditions in different environments and ecosystems. 

ACTRIS Exploratory Platforms provide user access to the most advanced European atmospheric research facilities and produce expert data for free and open access.

ACTRIS exploratory platform types

Atmospheric Simulation Chamber Types

    • Indoor chambers with artificial light sources
    • Large outdoor chambers
    • Cloud and aerosol-cloud-interaction chambers

Laboratory Platforms

    • Assemblies of high-end instruments and installations for specific purposes that do not require ‘artificial atmospheres’

Requirements for Atmospheric Simulation Chambers and Laboratory Platforms

  • Scientific excellence:

-allow users to perform front-line research on atmospheric processes

-must be well equipped and involve state-of-the-art instrumentation

  • Uniqueness and diversity: versatile range of facilities allow a wide range of research
  • Access capability:

-open to physical access to users

-can also be used for the need of the research infrastructure (e.g., comparison campaign, calibration and validation experiments, new methodology and technology testing, etc.)

Mobile Platform Types

  • Land-based Mobile Platforms: Instruments in containers, trailers or other robust housings that can be easily shipped and set up in remote locations or on moving platforms
  • Shipborne Mobile Platforms: Instruments on research or commercial vessels, either as fixed setup or in removable seaworthy housings or containers
  • Airborne Mobile Platforms: Light-weight instruments flown on airborne platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and balloon-borne or helicopter-borne platforms, and heavy-weight instruments on selected research aircraft designated for ACTRIS by a member state

Requirements for Mobile Platforms

  • Scientific excellence:

-allow dedicated investigations of specific processes, species and/or interactions in the natural environment with state-of-the instrumentation in remote locations

-apply state-of-the-art equipment, newest and best-available technologies in support of the six ACTRIS observational components

  • Mobility: allow deployment across the world in various environments
  • Access capability: open to physical access to users

Exploratory Platforms