ASRC Mobile Measurement Platform

The development of the ASRC Mobile Measurement platform was funded primarily by a New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) University Consortium grant and internal ASRC state funds.

The mobile measurement platform consists of a diesel powered 2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van equipped with a suite of fast time response advanced measurement instrumentation. In addition to the advanced fast response instrumentation, the mobile platform has a variety of permanent onboard measurement systems to measure traditional criteria pollutants, temperature, GPS, radar and video tracking devices.

The maiden mission of the mobile measurement platform occurred during a 3 week (July 13-August 2, 2009) field intensive study as part of an NYSERDA funded program to measure particle size and chemical composition and a variety of trace gas species at and in the vicinity of the Queens College measurement site.

More recently the mobile lab has been used for 5 major deployments in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The van was deployed at Whiteface Mountain in 2017 during Sara Lance’s CPOC pilot study, and a paper has been published in ACS Earth and Space describing those results: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00117.

After that were two deployments to Pinnacle State Park. A paper describing those results is in preparation.

In 2018 and 2019 the lab was deployed to Long Island as part of the LISTOS (Long Island Sound tropospheric Ozone Study) project. The van was stationed at the Flax Pond Marine laboratory in 2018 and at Stony Brook University in 2019. These deployments included roughly 20 on-road measurement periods, mainly during periods of high forecasted ozone concentrations. At least three papers from these deployments have been submitted or are in the works. 

ASRC grad students Jie Zhang (l.) and Joseph Marto (r.) at Pinnacle State Park field site with the Sprinter Van