MISU has laboratory equipment for chemical analysis and instrument development, and a weather station on the roof of the department building. We also have access to research vessels for data collection at sea, and to high-performance computing systems for demanding climate models.
On the roof of the Arrhenius laboratory, there is a weather station that measures the following quantities every ten minutes:
- Relative humidity
- Dew point
- Downwelling radiation
- Atmospheric pressure
- Horizontal wind speed and direction
Laboratories and workshops
Atmospheric Physics Lab (AP-lab)
The Atmospheric Physics Lab (AP-lab) at MISU consists of the instrument lab, the vacuum lab, a darkroom and the prototype lab. In the AP-lab we primarily build, test and calibrate various types of optical instruments (ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared light) for measurements in the Earth’s atmosphere, mainly from sounding rockets, but also from satellite, balloon and ground.
Chemical Meteorology Lab
The research in this lab is mainly related to the environment and climate of the Arctic. This includes analysis of samples from research expeditions to the North Pole such as MOCCHA 2018 and SAS 2021, which focus on the link between marine microbiology and cloud formation. Previous projects have covered other locations, such as Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) in the Maldives, related to seasonal variations in airborne particles from India. The lab also hosts student experiments as part of the teaching at MISU.
The lab has several important instruments such as a double ion chromatography system (Dionex ICS 2000), a gas chromatography system and a PSAP (Particle Soot Absorption Photometer), but also collaborates with other departments for analysis by for example electron microscopy and mass spectrometry.
We also have access to mechanical workshop services via the core facility at the Faculty of Science.
For scientific expeditions at sea, our researchers have been able to use the research vessel R/V Electra in collaboration with the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre and the icebreaker Oden in collaboration with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
For demanding computations, we have access to the supercomputer Tetralith, which is managed by NSC (National Supercomputer Centre) at Linköping University.
In addition to the infrastructure described above, we also have many collaborations with various institutions and organisations. You can read more about MISU collaborations here.
Last updated: April 5, 2022