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Mobile Integrated Profiling System (MIPS)
Currently Operational; XPR Expected To Be Operational By January 2008
Runs 24/7 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; available through funding
Contact: Dr. Kevin Knupp Cramer Hall, NSSTC University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL 35806 email: kevin@nsstc.uah.edu
Surface Remote
Collection of the following instruments: a) 915 MHz wind profiler b) 12-channel microwave radiometer c) lidar ceilometer (currently a Vaisala CT-25k) d) X-band Profiling radar (XPR, under construction) e) a 2 kHz Doppler sodar can be used in place of the XPR f) surface instrumentaion: T, RH, p, wind, solar, Parsivel disdrometer (option), electric field mill (option)
Kevin Knupp
University of Alabama at Huntsville
320 Sparkman Drive, NSSTC Huntsville, AL 35806
Facility TypeMobile
LocationHuntsville, AL
Variableswind profiles, Doppler spectra and moments from vertical beam (915 MHz and 9.5 GHz), Doppler spectra from four off-zenith beams, relative volume backscatter at 0.905 micrometers, cloud base height and temperature, vertical profiles of T, water vapor density; vertically integrated water vapor and liquid (cloud) water; surface T, RH, p, wind and total solar at 1 Hz, surface particle size distribution, electric field (special projects)
Archive Data AvailabilityData are readily available via ftp QC data sets for funded projects only
Knupp, K.R., J. Walters, and M. Biggerstaff, 2006: Doppler Profiler and Radar Observations of Boundary Layer Variability during the Landfall of Tropical Storm Gabrielle. J. Atmos. Sci., 63, 234-251. Karan, H., and K.R. Knupp, 2006: Profiler observations of boundaries during IHOP. Mon. Wea. Rev. (special IHOP issue), 134, 92-112. Knupp, K.R., 2006: Observational analysis of a gust front to bore to solitary wave transition within an evolving nocturnal boundary layer. J. Atmos. Sci., 63, 2016-2035. Cronce, M., R.M. Rauber, K.R. Knupp, B.F. Jewett, J.T. Walters, and D. Phillips, 2007: Vertical Motions in Precipitation Bands in Three Winter Cyclones. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 46, 1523–1543. Kim, D.K., K.R. Knupp, and C.R. Williams, 2009: Airflow and Precipitation Properties within the Stratiform Region of Tropical Storm Gabrielle during Landfall. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 1954–1971. Knupp, K.R., R. Ware, D. Cimini, F. Vandenberghe, J. Vivekanandan, E. Westwater, T. Coleman, and D. Phillips, 2009: Ground-Based Passive Microwave Profiling during Dynamic Weather Conditions. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 26, 1057–1073. Karan, H., and K. Knupp, 2009: Radar and Profiler Analysis of Colliding Boundaries: A Case Study. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 2203–2222.
boundary layer processes, mesoscale processes, cloud process, QPE
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