Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 4, 2008
Previous Article Next Article

Monitoring the fall of large atmospheric ice conglomerations: a multianalytical approach to the study of the Mejorada del Campo megacryometeor

Author affiliations

Abstract

Certain local atmospheric anomalies, such as the formation of unusually large ice conglomerations (megacryometeors), have been proposed to be a potential natural hazard for people and aviation, as well as geoindicators for fingerprinting larger-scale atmospheric environmental changes. On March 13th 2007, at approximately 10:15 am, an ice chunk weighing about 10 kg fell from the clear-sky and crashed through the roof (around 15 m) of an industrial storage house in Mejorada del Campo, a town located 20 km east from Madrid. The megacryometeor monitoring follow-up and the original investigation presented here includes, for the first time, both logistic and scientific collaboration between the Laboratory of the Environment, Criminalistic Service (SECRIM, the Spanish “Guardia Civil”) and academic and scientific institutions (universities and the Spanish National Research Council). We propose that the management procedure of the incident, along with the detailed scientific research and combination of analytical methodologies in different laboratories, can serve as a protocol model for other similar events.

Graphical abstract: Monitoring the fall of large atmospheric ice conglomerations: a multianalytical approach to the study of the Mejorada del Campo megacryometeor

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 05 Dec 2007, accepted on 29 Jan 2008 and first published on 25 Feb 2008


Article type: Technical Note
DOI: 10.1039/B718785H
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2008,10, 570-574
  •   Request permissions

    Monitoring the fall of large atmospheric ice conglomerations: a multianalytical approach to the study of the Mejorada del Campo megacryometeor

    F. A. Orellana, J. M. xmlns="http://www.rsc.org/schema/rscart38"> <. R. Alegre, J. C. Cordero Pérez, M. xmlns="http://www.rsc.org/schema/rscart38"> <. P. Martín Redondo, A. Delgado Huertas, M. xmlns="http://www.rsc.org/schema/rscart38"> <. T. Fernández Sampedro, C. Menor-Salván, M. Ruiz-Bermejo, F. López-Vera, J. A. Rodríguez-Losada and J. Martinez-Frias, J. Environ. Monit., 2008, 10, 570
    DOI: 10.1039/B718785H

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements