In parallel to the current airborne campaign in Italy supporting the candidate Earth Explorer FLEX mission, we are also preparing a related campaign on Crete in Greece.
We would like to have a closer look at aerosols – tiny solid and liquid particles in the atmosphere. While they can have an adverse effect on human health and affect precipitation and climate, knowledge of aerosols is important for correcting satellite images.
The CHAREDMexp campaign, organised by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), take places between 20 June and 10 July at Finokalia Station on Crete. A number of European research institutes are participating in the campaign, including TROPOS, the Cyprus Institute, Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and the World Radiation Center.
The first participants arrived at Finokalia on 16 June as the ground-based instruments were starting to be installed. Our colleagues from the University of Crete helped us with all the practical issues.
Before installing any new instrumentation, the team thoroughly inspected the station and surroundings so that they could pick the best location for each instrument.
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The Finokalia site on Crete. (ESA)