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Balloon-borne sounding system. Check. Micropulse lidar. Check. Infrared thermometer. Check. Eddy correlation flux measurement system. Eddy correlation flux measurement system?! Check already.
These and a dozen other instruments that make up the world’s most sophisticated moveable, atmospheric-measuring suite made their initial sojourn last month aboard two shipping containers on a flatbed truck, bound from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in eastern Washington to Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco.
Having been designed and successfully tested at PNNL, the ARM Mobile Facility, or AMF, is now being reassembled to take in the Pt. Reyes atmosphere, literally, for nine months before heading to sub-Saharan Africa, in time for the 2006 monsoon season in Niger. The instruments are designed to withstand temperatures from minus-40 to plus-120 degrees Fahrenheit, said PNNL's Kevin Widener, AMF chief engineer who supervised the testing.
The station is designed to measure the physical properties of literally anything that blows over and the heat that radiates from clouds and from the ground, said Widener, who, with Tom Ackerman, a Battelle fellow at PNNL, designed and put together the $1.4 million system at the behest of the DOE Office of Science. The AMF is part of DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, which already includes fixed sites in Oklahoma , the North Slope of Alaska and the Tropical Western Pacific region near northeastern Australia.
The AMF expands the ARM program's reach into additional climatic regions, providing critical information now missing in models.
Besides PNNL's engineering team, key collaborators in the AMF project include Argonne , Brookhaven and Los Alamos national laboratories. For more information, see
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