Researchers on the 2012 Arctic and 2013-2014 Antarctic voyages selected the greenhouse gas analyzer made by ABB Measurement Product’s Los Gatos Research (LGR) business because the device is rugged and easy to use, in addition to providing the most-accurate measurements.
These are all critical qualities in the polar environment where temperatures plunge below freezing and the Snow Dragon was buffeted by wind and waves.
“Accurate measurement of atmospheric gases that contribute to climate change is an imperative today,” said Doug Baer, president of ABB Measurement Products' LGR business in Mountain View, Calif. “Whether it's for objective quantification for cap and trade, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration, carbon tax and pricing or atmospheric studies, the need for effective measurement technology is more critical than ever.”
Conditions grew so extreme in January 2014 near Antarctica that the Snow Dragon’s twin-rotor helicopter was called on to rescue scientists whose Russian research vessel had become icebound.
During its 85-day 2012 expedition, it became the first Chinese vessel to cross the Arctic Ocean before returning to port in Shanghai.
Analyzers have been to the Arctic before
But this wasn’t the first trip to the Arctic for an ABB greenhouse gas analyzer, however.
On a previous expedition headed by Swedish researchers, scientists relied on LGR equipment to accurately document seasonal rises in methane concentrations each autumn.
Los Gatos Research was acquired by ABB in 2013 and is part of their Measurement Products. ABB Measurement Products is committed making measurement easy for its customers - even those working at both poles.