Excursion to the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station

On Monday, 11 September 2017, participants of the EMS Annual Meeting are invited to a visit of the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station. Located on the western coast of Ireland, the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station, Carna, County Galway, is unique in Europe, offering westerly exposure to the North Atlantic Ocean and the opportunity to study atmospheric composition under Northern Hemispheric background conditions as well as European continental emissions when the winds favour transport from that region.

Standard meteorological data such as wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature, relative humidity, and rainfall are recorded at the station routinely, as well as ground-based remote sensing products such as water vapour profiles (microwave profiling), wind profiles (Doppler lidar), cloud macrophysics (cloud radar), and a range of more specialized products such as cloud microphysics and low-level jet detections.

Mace Head is a World Meteorological Organisation GAW station and an EMEP supersite, contributing measurements of essential climate variables and air pollution such as greenhouse gases, reactive gases, and aerosol physical, chemical, and optical properties. The full observational capacity can be seen in its StreamAIR realtime datasystem where all data are webcast every 10 minutes.

Registration and travel

Participants have to register in advance and have to organize their travel to Galway by their own. From Galway, they will be picked-up to Mace Head.

Date: Monday, 11 September 2017
How to get to Galway: There are busses from Dublin to Galway every 30 minutes (2.5 hours travel, about 15, Irish Citylink or gobus).
Meeting point: Participants will be picked-up from the quadrangle of NUIG (main building, University Road, Galway, coordinates: 53.277657, -9.061433) at 9:30 on Monday 11 September 2017.
Pick-up time: 9:30 on Monday 11 September 2017.
End time: It is planned to be back in Galway at 17:00 at the very latest.
Registration: Registration is absolutely necessary. In order to register, please send an email to Jana Preissler.
Registration deadline: 27 August 2017