AEROMMA Platforms

NASA DC-8 landing in Boise during FIREX-AQ
Photo: C.J. Moeser, JetPhotos


The NASA DC-8, the world's largest flying chemistry laboratory, is the flagship of AEROMMA. The research aircraft will base out of Palmdale, CA to access the urban areas of Los Angeles together with regions where DMS chemistry is known to be active off the coast of Los Angeles and the Salton Sea. The second half of the mission will be based in the Eastern U.S. to survey major urban areas such as New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, together with agricultural regions in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

NOAA Twin Otter
Photo: B. Word

NOAA Twin Otter

The NOAA Twin Otter will coordinate closely with the NASA DC-8 for the Coastal Urban Plume Dynamics Study (CUPiDS). The aircraft will carry atmospheric remote sensing instrumentation to make observations from the Lake Michigan area then the New York City region to study diurnal forcing of atmospheric dynamics on urban plume transport and mixing in coastal regions.

NOAA Lidar
Photo: C. Senff

NOAA Lidar

NOAA Lidar ground-based observations will facilitate the investigation of different flow and atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) turbulence regimes on ozone and aerosol levels. Instruments deploy to Guilford, CT (NYC Yale Coastal Site) for the Coastal Urban Plume Dynamics Study (CUPiDS) in coordination with AEROMMA flights and intensive measurements conducted at the greater New York City metropolitan area ground sites.

greater NYC metro area ground sites

Ground Sites

Intensive measurements will be conducted to coordinate with AEROMMA flights in the greater New York City metropolitan area from ground sites at the The City University of New York (NYC CUNY) and in Guilford, CT (NYC Yale Coastal Site) for the New York City metropolitan Measurements of Emissions and TransformationS (NYC-METS). Further, researchers will make measurements for Fluxes of Reactive Organic Gasses in New York (FROG-NY) from an existing 76-meter tower in metropolitan New York (NYC Mineola).