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Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station (Mace Head)
Hosting Legal Entity
National University of Ireland Galway
Halfmace, Mace Head, Co. Galway (Ireland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1958
Scientific Description
‌Located on the west coast of Ireland, the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station in Carna, County Galway has been a site for aerosol measurements since 1958. The location is unique in Europe, offering westerly exposure to the North Atlantic ocean (clean sector, 180 degrees through west to 300 degrees) 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.The mission of Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station is the monitor the long-term trends of atmospheric composition change, essential climate variables and air pollution and to facilitate key-process research into the evolution of atmospheric composition and to its impacts on climate change, concomitant with the promotion of knowledge transfer and the underpinning of policy development and education in the areas of atmospheric climate, and air pollution.

RI Keywords
Climate monitoring, Atmospheric measurements
RI Category
Atmospheric Measurement Facilities
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Access to Gas Mass Spectrometers
Access to Meteorological and Profiling Instrumentation
Access to Aerosol Measurement Instrumentation
Date of last update: 18/01/2018
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