A Deployable Modular Mesoscale Profiling Network (MPN) for lower atmospheric research

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Steve Cohn (NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory)
Wen-Chau Lee (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
William Brown (NCAR / EOL)
Steven Oncley (NCAR/EOL)

Stephen A. Cohn, Wen-Chau Lee, William O. J. Brown, Steve Oncley, Scott Spuler

Earth Observing Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Remote sensing of lower atmospheric properties such as wind, temperature, and water vapor has long been recognized as a priority for mesoscale meteorology. At NCAR, we have been developing technologies that can fit together well to form a deployable network of mesoscale profiling stations for the boundary layer and free troposphere. Such stations would be well suited to many mesoscale research topics such as mesoscale convective systems, high impact weather, orographic precipitation, and microphysical processes. Deployability is important to allow for measurement configurations that meet the needs of varied field projects.

We will describe how progress in several areas - development of a modular radar wind profiler network, of a DIAL lidar to profile water vapor and temperature, and of a network of distributed in-situ surface-flux measurement stations - could lead to a highly capable and deployable lower tropospheric profiling network.

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