AIRBOX is a modified shipping container (Lloyd’s Certification, 3 Phase Electrical wiring diagram and AIRBOX engineering diagrams) weighing 7960kg with dimensions in mm of 6058L x 2438W x 2591H.

Our Instruments

AIRBOX Instruments

Instrument Observations Contact
CIMS: Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer Real-time chemical analysis of trace gases, aerosols and atmospheric ions. Interchangeable inlets and ionization sources allow detection of a great range of compounds. An Atmospheric Pressure Drift Tube Reaction Chamber in combination with nitrate reagent is used to detect sulfuric acid, amines and highly oxidized organic compounds, thereby capturing the gas to particle formation processes and the nucleation cluster composition. Filter Inlet for Gas and Aerosols (FIGAERO) enables simultaneous real-time chemical analysis of trace gases and aerosols.


Branka Miljevic

Zoran Ristovski

Peter Nelson


Spectronus: Ecotech-UoW FTIR in-situ trace gas analyser In-situ continuous measurement of CO2, CH4, CO, N2O, δ13C in CO2, δD-H2O, δ18O in H2O

Dave Griffith

Clare Murphy

MAXDOAS with direct sun: Two high grade Avantes UV/Vis Spectrometer Solar Spectra in UV/Vis (daytime only): many oxidants and oxidation products BrO, IO, NO2, O3, HCHO, CHOCHO, OClO, SO2, H2O, O4, aerosol

Robyn Schofield

Steve Wilson

Thompson WS800 – Meteorological package High resolution winds and meteorological data of temperature, pressure, relative humidity, radiation and lightning strikes.

Steve Siems

Robyn Schofield

Mini-Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL) System

Wavelength 532 nm, 3-4uJ@2500 Hz PRF, 80mm beam diameter

Continuous aerosol and cloud profiles up to 10km. Boundary layer height defined continuously.

Robyn Schofield

Simon Alexander

Dual flow loop, two-filter radon detector

222Rn (radon) – A reliable radioactive natural tracer of land contact

Alastair Williams
Aurora 4000 Nephelometer with PM2.5 Inlet and accessories Measures the concentration of particulates within aerosols using the reflective properties (in-situ) Melita Keywood
Thermo Scientific Model 5012 MAAP Multi-Angle Absorption Photometer Measures the in-situ aerosol optical absorption properties of PM2.5 and PM10 particles Melita Keywood
The HIVOL 3000 particulate sampler The HIVOL 3000 particulate sampler collects PM2.5, PM10 or TSP particles that are subsequently analyzed using ICPMS for trace elements such as iron, silicate etc linking terrestrial dusts with oceanic fertilization processes along with a rain gauge for deposition rates (weekly resolution) Andy Bowie

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Guest Instruments

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NOx In-situ NOx

ThermoFisher 42i-TL NOx analyser draws at 7.5 litres per minute; logs 1 minute averages, dimensions are: 550x490x270mm, weighs 22kg and draws 200W of power

Clare Murphy
Ozone In-situ Ozone

ThermoFisher Omonitor draws at 7.5 litres per minute; logs 1 minute averages, dimensions are: 550x490x230mm, weighs 18kg and draws 200W of power

Clare Murphy
Mercury suite Elemental, reactive and particulate mercury

Peter Nelson

Grant Edwards

FTS – direct sun CO2, CH4, HDO, HCl etc total column measurements Dave Griffith
Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (ToF-AMS) Provides real time size and chemical mass composition (Organics, SO42-, NO3, NH4+, Cl) of non-refractory sub-micron aerosol particles Branka Miljevic
NAIS Aerosol composition – particles: ~2 to 40nm, ions: 3.2 to 0.0013 cm2/V/s, (equivalent size range: 0.8 to 40 nm) Zoran Ristovski
Sonic 3D anemometer and humidity / temperature sensor

Wind speed, temperature and humidity measurements at high sampling frequencies up to 60 Hz. These eddy covariance observations are used in the calculation of sensible heat, latent heat and gas surface fluxes.

Jason Monty
Sodar Vertical profiles of wind and temperature Melita Keywood

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