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Wuhan Institute of Heavy Rain spearheads the observation experiment of atmospheric pollutants in the midstream of Yangtze River Basin

17-01-2019Source:China Meteorological News Press

On January 15, staff were recovering mooring boat in Xiangyang, Hubei. Photoed by Bai Yongqing

On January 15, staff conducted outfield integrated observation of atmospheric pollution harnessing drones in Xianning, Hubei. Photoed by Bai Yongqing

From December 26 in 2018 to January 16 in 2019, Wuhan Institute of Heavy Rain of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) joined hands with institutions like Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST), China University of Geosciences, and Jiangsu Institute of Meteorological Sciences and conducted synchronous enhanced observation experiment of atmospheric boundary layer pollutants and the vertical structure of meteorological factors in 3 observation fields in Xiangyang, Jingzhou, and Xianning in the midstream of the Yangtze River Basin.

The experiment has adopted mooring boats and the sounding system of drones, with observation instruments like meteorological sensors, monitoring device of atmospheric pollutants concentration, particulate matter counter, which can detect the quality and concentration of SO2, NO2, O3, CO, PM2.5, and PM10 within the altitude of 1500 meters, as well as the vertical profiling of meteorological factors like wind speed, wind direction, temperature, moisture, and air pressure. During the experiment, synchronous intensive detection will be conducted 8 times on a daily basis in the three locations, and obtain observation data like atmospheric pollutants and the vertical structure of meteorological factors.

This research will enrich the scientific knowledge of the formation mechanism differences of heavy atmospheric pollution in different areas of China, ramp up decision-making capability in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, and serve sustainable regional socio-economic development. (Jan. 17)

Reporter: Li Ao, Bai Yongqing

Editor: Liu Shuqiao