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.
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.
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).