Air Monitoring

Discover the richness of microorganism in Polar Regions using Coriolis µ air sampler

Jan 10 2018 Comments 0

Global warming is one of the main challenge worldwide for the coming years. Scientists have already warned the international community regarding the increasingly rapid melt of the ice caps and its dramatic consequences around the globe.

Polar regions are the most isolated place on Earth, uninhabited due to their harsh climate conditions. The study of this regions’ unknown bioaerosols biodiversity can bring a lot of answers to better measure the impact of our urban civilisation to these desert areas.

The Black and Bloom team, is using the Coriolis µ to inventory and analyse all airborne “impurities” deposited during the melting ice season such as particles or microorganisms.

Innsbruck University (See application note) has also used the Coriolis µ in extreme condition of temperature and high altitude to document atmospheric microbial abundance and community composition. The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of the incoming aerial microbial fraction to various “inner alpine” and polar locations.

The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), from the Swiss Polar Institute bring the Coriolis µ aboard a Russian icebreaker transformed into a floating laboratory for three months. Oceanographers, glaciologists and climatologists explored Antarctic’s forgotten islands and study the ability of microorganisms coming from civilised territory to colonize and adapt to Antarctic conditions.

Polar regions offer a wide range of unknown microbial population and there is still much to discover.

“I use the Coriolis µ to sample bioaerosols in cold and remote environments. During the last year, the Coriolis travelled with me to Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland. It also survived four high alpine sampling campaigns, where I faced permanent subzero conditions as well as snow-, hail- and thunderstorms. I was very happy to find out that the sampling does still effectively work, even when the Coriolis µ is overall covered with rime and frost. I especially like the Coriolis µ, because it is easy to handle, mobile and has a high flow rate. The fact that the Coriolis samples in liquid is especially attractive and opens up a variety of post processing options. I am amazed how robust and enduring the device is and I get repeatedly asked about it from other scientists.“ said ELS Nora Elisabeth MSc from University of Innsbruck Institute of Ecology

The Coriolis® µ is an innovative biological air sampler for bio-contamination assessment dedicated to air quality control and air quality monitoring in environmental and pollution research. Based on a cyclonic technology, combined to a high air flow rate, Coriolis® offers the most efficient particles collection in 10 minutes.

Click here to find out more on Coriolis Air Sampler.

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