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Vertical profiling of air pollution at RAPCD
Author(s): Michael J. Newchurch; Kirk A. Fuller; David A. Bowdle; Steven Johnson; Richard T. McNider; Kevin Knupp; Bill Lapenta; Noor Gillani; Arastoo Biazar; John Burris
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Paper Abstract

Local and regional pollution interact at the interface between the Planetary Boundary Layer and the Free Troposphere. The vertical distributions of ozone, aerosols, and winds must be measured with high temporal and vertical resolution to characterize this interchange and ultimately to accurately forecast ozone and aerosol pollution. To address this critical issue, the Regional Atmospheric Profiling Center for Discovery (RAPCD) was built and instrumented in the National Space Science and Technology Center on the UAH campus. The UV DIAL ozone lidar, Nd:YAG aerosol lidar, and 2-micron Doppler wind lidar, along with balloon-borne ECC ozonesondes, form the core of the RAPCD instrumentation for studying this problem. Instrumentation in the associated Mobile Integrated Profiling (MIPS) laboratory includes a 915Mhz profiler, sodar, and ceilometer. The collocated Applied Micro-particle Optics and Radiometry (AμOR) laboratory hosts the FTIR, MOUDI, and optical particle counter. Using MODELS-3 analysis by colleagues, and cooperative ventures with the co-located National Weather Service Forecasting Office in Huntsville, AL, we are developing a unique facility for advancing the state-of-the-science in pollution forecasting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5547, Remote Sensing in Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Control, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560194
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Michael J. Newchurch, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Kirk A. Fuller, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
David A. Bowdle, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Steven Johnson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard T. McNider, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Kevin Knupp, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Bill Lapenta, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Noor Gillani, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Arastoo Biazar, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
John Burris, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5547:
Remote Sensing in Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Control
Allen Chu; James Szykman, Editor(s)

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