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:

  1. *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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
After the Colloquium, participants are encouraged to participate in the 2nd NSF Facility User's Workshop in Boulder, CO., from 6/15-6/17 (information can be found at: Funded ASP Summer Colloquium students can expect to be further funded by EOL to participate in the NSF Facilities User's Workshop.

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

NCAR C130. Photo courtesy UCAR/NCAR
CSU-CHILL courtesy of The Colorado State University
wind profilers courtest NCAR
Radars courtesy NCAR EOL
 Kingair courtesy of The University of Wyoming