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Romanian Atmospheric Observatory

Description The combination of lidar observations with in situ measurements and models at the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory. Located 6km southwest of Bucharest, RADO provides a unique opportunity to conduct long-term inter-calibrations (ground-based, satellite) and complementary or simultaneous observation (airborne) of different atmospheric parameters over various space-time scales. The site is ideal to study complex mixtures of continental polluted, biomass burning and mineral dust aerosols. Data on atmospheric composition and structure are collected by use of active remote sensing techniques (aerosol, ozone and water vapor lidars, sodar), passive remote sensors (sun photometers, microwave radiometer), in situ monitors and satellite data. Quality assured products (e.g. aerosol type and microphysical parameters, chemical composition, source apportionment, particle age, etc.) are obtained based on algorithms and data combination developed inhouse. We perform experimental and theoretical research for atmospheric composition and air quality assessment, including impact on climate and its variability. RADO is a GAW regional station and the only facility of this kind in Europe.
URL http://rado.inoe.ro
Status Operational since 2008
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
RI Categorization Atmospheric Measurement Facilities
Location 409, Atomistilor Str., Magurele, 77125, Ilfov, Romania
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15322