The Mobile Laboratory was purchased with the help of SRIF funding so that the group can carry out atmospheric monitoring at remote locations. Such locations can vary from Northern Norway to Eastern or Southern Europe. The laboratory is based on a standard sea-container and was constructed for the group by TechSafe systems of Great Yarmouth. Internally the lab is split into two "rooms" both of which are climate controlled: a small "sevices" area which houses certain permanent equipment - such as a compressor, zero-air generator and hydrogen generator, and any gas cylinders that may required and a larger room that has benching to accommodate up to three gas chromatographs, computing and data collection facilities, and a backup power supply (UPS).
The Laboratory has been on three excursions from the University. The first trip was to Weybourne, Norfolk (UK not Virginia!) in April and May 2004 for the NERC TORCH campaign. This was followed by a trip to Germany during January and February 2005 for some intercomparison work relating to the OVOC (Polluted Troposphere) project. The Laboratory has recently returned from a long-term monitoring exercise for the Irish EPA at Carnsore Point near Rosslare on the east coast of Ireland. Instrumentation for this work was similar to that used at Mace Head.
The laboratory instrumentation has been changed to include a Medusa system to monitor halocarbons and other species, a Picarro, and a combined PP1 analyser and MD analyser and has been set up as a monitoring facility at Tacolneston near Norwich, Norfolk (UK) as part of the DECC network.