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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 349-362, 2017
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06 Jun 2017
The MUMBA campaign: measurements of urban, marine and biogenic air
Clare Paton-Walsh1, Élise-Andrée Guérette1, Dagmar Kubistin1, Ruhi Humphries1,2, Stephen R. Wilson1, Doreena Dominick1, Ian Galbally1,2, Rebecca Buchholz1,3, Mahendra Bhujel1,2, Scott Chambers4, Min Cheng2, Martin Cope2, Perry Davy5, Kathryn Emmerson2, David W. T. Griffith1, Alan Griffiths4, Melita Keywood2, Sarah Lawson2, Suzie Molloy2, Géraldine Rea1,6, Paul Selleck2, Xue Shi1, Jack Simmons1, and Voltaire Velazco1 1Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong NSW, Australia
2CSIRO Climate Science Centre, Aspendale Victoria, Australia
3Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM) Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA
4ANSTO Institute for Environmental Research, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC NSW 2232, Australia
5GNS Science, National Isotope Centre, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
6Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique – CNRS/IPSL Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, Paris, France
Abstract. The Measurements of Urban, Marine and Biogenic Air (MUMBA) campaign took place in Wollongong, New South Wales (a small coastal city approximately 80 km south of Sydney, Australia) from 21 December 2012 to 15 February 2013. Like many Australian cities, Wollongong is surrounded by dense eucalyptus forest, so the urban airshed is heavily influenced by biogenic emissions. Instruments were deployed during MUMBA to measure the gaseous and aerosol composition of the atmosphere with the aim of providing a detailed characterisation of the complex environment of the ocean–forest–urban interface that could be used to test the skill of atmospheric models. The gases measured included ozone, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and many of the most abundant volatile organic compounds. The aerosol characterisation included total particle counts above 3 nm, total cloud condensation nuclei counts, mass concentration, number concentration size distribution, aerosol chemical analyses and elemental analysis.

The campaign captured varied meteorological conditions, including two extreme heat events, providing a potentially valuable test for models of future air quality in a warmer climate. There was also an episode when the site sampled clean marine air for many hours, providing a useful additional measure of the background concentrations of these trace gases within this poorly sampled region of the globe. In this paper we describe the campaign, the meteorology and the resulting observations of atmospheric composition in general terms in order to equip the reader with a sufficient understanding of the Wollongong regional influences to use the MUMBA datasets as a case study for testing a chemical transport model. The data are available from PANGAEA (

Citation: Paton-Walsh, C., Guérette, É.-A., Kubistin, D., Humphries, R., Wilson, S. R., Dominick, D., Galbally, I., Buchholz, R., Bhujel, M., Chambers, S., Cheng, M., Cope, M., Davy, P., Emmerson, K., Griffith, D. W. T., Griffiths, A., Keywood, M., Lawson, S., Molloy, S., Rea, G., Selleck, P., Shi, X., Simmons, J., and Velazco, V.: The MUMBA campaign: measurements of urban, marine and biogenic air, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 349-362,, 2017.
Short summary
The MUMBA campaign provides a detailed snapshot of the atmospheric composition in an urban coastal environment with strong biogenic sources nearby. This campaign involved collaboration between several institutes and was undertaken to provide a case study for atmospheric models in a poorly sampled region of the globe.
The MUMBA campaign provides a detailed snapshot of the atmospheric composition in an urban...