Visibility and optical properties
Great smoky mountains National Park OPCRDS shakedown
In partnership with the National Park Service and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Handix Scientific deployed its first commercial-version of the Open Path Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer (OPCRDS) at the IMPROVE visibility monitoring site in the park in late summer and fall of 2016. The purpose of the deployment was to evaluate the impacts of high relative humidity on aerosol extinction (and visibility), compare to existing optical and chemical methods in place at the site used to estimate visibility, and test various components of the new OPCRDS instrument. Initial results from the study will be presented at the AWMA Visibility conference in Jackson Hole, WY.