The CARIBIC measurements are made from a specially equipped container flown monthly on-board a commercial airliner. Measurements have been ongoing since 2005 and have become part of the European Research Infrastructure IAGOS ( The cruise altitude of the aircraft is 10-12 km enabling regular investigation of the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere (UTLS) on a near-global scale. The container comprises 15 measurement systems and carries out in-situ trace gas and aerosol particle measurements, remote sensing, and collects aerosol particle and whole air samples. The whole air samples are pressurized in canisters and analyzed for VOC in our lab. Species of interest include hydrocarbons, Sulphur containing species, halogenated species as well as greenhouse gases CO2, CH4, N2O and SF6.

CARBIC - Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container.



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