Summer Colloquium 2009
Exploring the Atmosphere
Observational Instruments and Techniques
A joint ASP summer colloquium with the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL),
University of Wyoming (UWyo), Department of Atmospheric Science and
Colorado State University (CSU), Department of Atmospheric Science
Wen-Chau Lee, Jorgen Jensen and Steve Oncley (NCAR/EOL), Alfred Rodi (UWyo), Steven Rutledge (CSU)
May 31 to June 12, 2009, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
Application Deadline is March 9, 2009
Observations of the atmosphere underpin even the most sophisticated atmospheric computer models. The NCAR/ASP Summer Colloquium aims to give graduate students an introduction to the instrumentation and techniques used to observe the lower atmosphere. The primary target audience are advanced graduate students that have completed at least one year of coursework. The Summer Colloquium is designed around three main goals:
- *To introduce graduate students to principles and operation of the National Science Foundation
(NSF) Lower Atmosphere Observational Facilities (NCAR C-130 aircraft, and the University of
Wyoming King Air research aircraft; CSU National Weather Radar Facility (CSU-CHILL), and NCAR
S-band Dual Polarization Doppler Radar (S-POL) ground-based radars; University of Wyoming airborne
radar; NCAR/EOL surface flux, sounding and wind-profiling instruments; and selected NCAR/EOL
and NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD) chemical tracer instruments).
*It is not certain that all facilities will be available due to scheduled maintenance.
- To teach graduate students how to plan and conduct limited experiments using the aircraft, radars, surface station and related instruments. All the participants will design and execute a 2-day measurement campaign using the above facilities, as selected by smaller groups of students.
- To guide the participants in the analysis of the observations they collect. EOL, CSU and UWyo staff
will instruct the students to use standard tools used for observational research from the above
platforms, and the students will work in groups on small, well-defined research projects to be
presented at the end of the second week of the colloquium. Invited guest lecturers will give talks
each morning on the three main topic areas. ASP will fund travel and living expenses for about 25
student participants during the Summer Colloquium.
This workshop is a natural extension of the ASP summer colloquium where a variety of topics ranging from requesting NSF Observing Facilities to the changing scope of executing and managing global field campaigns will be discussed. Colloquium participants will have opportunities to interact with experienced users of NSF observing facilities.
Please note: some of these presentation files are rather large (up to 42 MB)
Boundary-Layer Dynamics (mostly from an observatioal point of view) - Margaret (Peggy) LeMone
Atmospheric Chemistry - Sasha Madronich
Surface-based: Flux Measurements - Andrey A. Grachev
Atmospheric Sounding: Basics, Research and Development, Radiosonde, Dropsonde and Driftsonde - Junhong (June) Wang
Mobile (Profiler) Observations - Kevin Knupp
Boundary layer observations with radar wind profilers and other ground-based remote sensors - Wayne M. Angevine
Surface-based Radiation Observations (primarily broadband w/ a climate bias) - Ellsworth G. Dutton
Airborne Dynamics of Atmospheric Dynamics - Thomas R. Parish
Airborne Lecture: State Variables - Alfred Rodi
Airborn Measurement of Aerosol Particles - Jefferson Snyder
Airborne Instruments for Measuring Concentrations and Size Distributions of Hydrometeors - Al Cooper
Cloud Dynamics, Structure and... - Steven Rutledge
Radar Applications - Bob Rauber
Suggestions for small projects
Application deadline has passed.
For questions regarding the colloquium email:
Poster link (for printing), poster.pdf