Gas sensors for climate research

Scholz, Louisa; Ortiz Perez, Alvaro; Bierer, Benedikt; Wöllenstein, Jürgen; Palzer, Stefan

The availability of datasets providing information on the spatial and temporal evolution of greenhouse gas concentrations is of high relevance for the development of reliable climate simulations. However, current gas detection technologies do not allow for obtaining high-quality data at intermediate spatial scales with high temporal resolution. In this regard the deployment of a wireless gas sensor network equipped with in situ gas analysers may be a suitable approach. Here we present a novel, non-dispersive infrared absorption spectroscopy (NDIR) device that can possibly act as a central building block of a sensor node to provide high-quality data of carbon dioxide (inline-formulaCO2) concentrations under field conditions at a high measurement rate. Employing a gas-based, photoacoustic detector we demonstrate that miniaturized, low-cost, and low-power consuming inline-formulaCO2 sensors may be built. The performance is equal to that of standard NDIR devices but at a much reduced optical path length. Because of the spectral properties of the photoacoustic detector, no cross-sensitivities to humidity exist.



Scholz, Louisa / Ortiz Perez, Alvaro / Bierer, Benedikt / et al: Gas sensors for climate research. 2018. Copernicus Publications.


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