Henties Bay Aerosol Observatory (HBAO)

Apr, 2019 : Training at WMO GAWTEC 36 course at Schneefernerhaus, Germany
After having successfully attended the WMO GAWTEC 35 course on reactive gases, Andreas Namwoonde, PhD student at NWU and site manager of HBAO, has been invited to participate to the 36th GAWTEC Training Course from March 31 to April 13, 2019. The 36th course was dedicated to aerosol particles. GAWTEC is the Global Atmosphere Watch Training & Education Centre and is established at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS) in Germany. Congratulations!

Jun-Aug, 2018 : Student exchange between NWU and LISA
Danitza Klopper, PhD student at NWU, has visited LISA for 3 months. Danitza's research focusses on the chemical composition of aerosols in the western coast marine boundary layer, by the analysis of filter samples collected at HBAO. Her stay was funded by the Embassy of France in South Africa, and supported by CampusFrance.

Dec, 2017 : Sixth GDRI-ARSAIO meeting in Durban, South Africa
Scientists participating in the GDRI-ARSAIO (CNRS/NRF) gathered together in Durban for their sixth scientific meeting. The scientific discussion was completed by some nice sightseeing.

Aug, 2017 : Namibia, here we come!
The Aerosol, Radiation and Clouds in southern Africa (AEROCLO-sA) field campaign will take place in Namibia from 23 Aug to 12 Sept 2017. HBAO hosts the ground-based site and the deployement of the PEGASUS mobile station of the LISA. The SAFIRE F20 will be based at the international airport of Walvis Bay.

Sept, 2016 : L’observatoire atmospherique HBAO en Namibie labellisé station regionale par l’OMM
La station de mesures atmosphériques Henties Bay Aerosol Observatory a reçu officiellement, le 16 juin 2016, le label Regional GAW de l’Organisation Météorologique Mondiale.

Dec, 2015 : Fourth GDRI-ARSAIO meeting in Cape Town, South Africa
Scientists participating in the GDRI-ARSAIO (CNRS/NRF) gathered together in Cape Town for their fourth scientific meeting. Discussions and scientific presentations took place at the CSIR in Stellenbosch as well as at the GAW station at Cape Point. Next meeting will be held in La Reunion Island in December 2016.

Nov, 2015 : Training session at LISA and LOA
Andreas Naamwonde and Mattheus Hanghome, observers at HBAO, have visited LISA and the Laboratoire d’Optique Atmospherique (LOA) in Lille to get advanced training on the scientific instrumentation operated at the station. In this framework, they also visited the PEGASUS mobile station involved in the AEROCLO-sA field campaign in Sept 2016, as well as the atmospheric simulation chamber CESAM.

Oct, 2015 : First international SEALS-sA meeting in Windhoek, Namibia
The first international Sea Earth Atmosphere Linkages Study in Southern Africa (SEALS-sA) meeting has taken place at the Polytechnic of Namibia on the days of October 7-8, 2015. An international group of scientists and decision makers (including Namibia, Angola, Botswana, South Africa, France, United Kingdom and the United States of America) has come together to build an international science initiative to understand the interactions of the biosphere, atmosphere, land and ocean in the southern African subcontinent. Sixteen scientific presentations and an open discussion have taken place.

Oct, 2015 : A new visit to HBAO
Regular maintenance is important to ensure the quality and traceability of the data. A new visit to HBAO has taken place at the beginning of October to verify the correct behavior of the instruments. Everything works well, apart from the PARTISOL sampler which is giving troubles. The sun as well… not shining!

July, 2015 : Prof SJ Piketh from NWU visits the LISA
Prof SJ Piketh from North-West Unviersity has visited LISA from June 30 to July 8. His visit focussed on the definition of the research priorities for HBAO from 2016 on, including the preparation of the intensive campaign planned for September 2016 by the COLA consortium. A series of planning meeting in Paris and Lille have taken place.

April, 2015 : New instrumentations installed at HBAO
Situé sur la côte atlantique australe, l'Henties Bay Aerosol Observatory (HBAO), établi en 2011 par le LISA, la North-West University (Afrique du Sud), et l'Université de Namibie, monte en puissance pour étudier les effets des aérosols atmosphériques sur le climat