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Field Missions

The Code 613.1 Raman lidar group routinely participates in field measurement campaigns designed to better understand atmospheric radiation and dynamic processes and to validate satellite measurements.

While the first experimental campaign of the Raman lidar group was the Cooperative Huntsville Metereological Experiment held in Huntsville, Alabama (held from July to August 1986 in Athens, Alabama), only measurements since the first field deployment of the Scanning Raman Lidar in 1991 are included in this site.

The field measurement campaigns that the group has participated in, their dates and goals are as follows:

Mission Name
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Location
(Date)
Goals

DOE CART Site,
Lamont, OK
October-November
2003

The AIRS validation activity includes the use of different water vapor profiling radiosonde and Raman lidar systems for acquisition of measurements during AIRS overpasses.

UMBC, Baltimore, MD
January - February 2003

Validation of water vapor and temperature retrievals from the Aqua satellite with special emphasis on AIRS characterization.
GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
September – October 2002
Validation of water vapor and temperature retrievals from the Aqua satellite with sepcial emphasis on AIRS characterization.
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
May – June, 2002
Improve the prediction of convection onset and the quantity of rainfall produced by a storm system.
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
November-December 2000
Technology intercomparison experiment with the goal of validating upper tropospheric water vapor measurement technologies to 5% absolute accuracy and thus decreasing atmospheric radiation moderling errors within the DOE ARM program.
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
September-October
2000

Technology intercomparison experiment with the goal of validating middle and lower tropospheric water vapor measurement technologies to 5% absolute accuracy and thus decreasing atmospheric radiation moderling errors within the DOE ARM program.
Andros Island, Bahamas
July-September, 1998
Acquire a long term record of the water vapor and cirrus cloud variation during hurricane season. See publication here.
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
August - September
1997
Water vapor measurement technology intercomparison experiment comparing various technologies critical to the DOE ARM program.
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
September 1996
Water vapor measurement technology intercomparison experiment comparing various technologies critical to the DOE ARM program.
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
July, 1996
The overall goal of the Tropospheric Aerosol Radiative Forcing Observational Experiment (TARFOX) is to reduce uncertainties in the effects of aerosols on climate by determining the direct radiative impacts, as well as the chemical, physical, and optical properties, of the aerosols carried over the western Atlantic Ocean from the United States.
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
July-August, 1995
Study the role of water vapor variation in convection initiation. Compare various water vapor measurement technologies. First LASE validation measurements.
GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
September, 1994
Comparison measurements with the first lidar in space .
DOE CART Site, Lamont, OK
April, 1994
First field campaign at the first of the DOE ARM CART sites focused on improving atmospheric radiation modeling.
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
July-August, 1993
First of 4 CAMEX experiments studying the role of water vapor variation in covection initiation and characterizing the technologies involved in quantifying water vapor variation.
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
July-August, 1992
Water vapor measurement intercomparison campaign. Study of microwave ducting.
Coffeyville, KS
November-December 1991
First prototype atmospheric radiation field program sponsored by DOE as a part of the ARM program.
Atmospheric Moisture Intercomparison Study (ATMIS)
Wallops Flight Facility, VA
August, 1986
Made first scanning measurements of water vapor mixing ratio and aerosol scattering ratio across the land-sea interface in order to make correlative measurements in support of the airborne instrument MIR.


Curator:
Martin Cadirola, Ecotronics Digital Media
NASA Official:
Dr. David Whiteman, David.N.Whiteman@nasa.gov
Last Updated:
Friday, January 20, 2006

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