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Modular Profiling Network (MPN)
STATUS
Research Prototype
AVAILABILITY
A prototype system is now being constructed. We anticipate an additional 2-year development with preliminary instrumentation likely to be available in 2011. We hope MPN components will be part of the NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities.
REQUEST PROCEDURE
Assuming MPN is made part of the NSF LAOF facility pool, the standard Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP) process would be used to request use of the facility.
Emerging Technologies
The Modular Profiling Network (MPN) will provide the atmospheric science community with a field-deployable capability for distributed, high-resolution atmospheric wind and temperature measurements to greater altitudes and with greater horizontal extent than is currently available with any deployable facility. Each deployable site would have an advanced radar wind profiler, eye-safe Doppler lidar, and surface flux and energy balance measurements. The lidars complement the wind profilers, filling a key gap close to the surface, and adding aerosol and nocturnal boundary layer measurements. Surface observations provide the important lower boundary condition. The radar wind profiler would be constructed of small modules which can be combined to build a large network of boundary-layer measurement sites or a smaller number of full tropospheric measurement sites.
CONTACT
William O. J. Brown
NCAR
PO Box 3000 Boulder, CO 80303
303-497-8774
wbrown@ucar.edu
http://www.eol.ucar.edu/Members/wbrown/home-page
SECONDARY CONTACT
Steve Cohn
NCAR
cohn@ucar.edu
http://www.eol.ucar.edu/rtf/facilities/mapr/
SPECIFICATIONS
Developern/a
Development SectorConsortium
R&D ProgramNo
Years Till Available3-5
Investment Required$1-10M
Projected ApplicationFlexible applications including boundary layer, air quality, and mesoscale studies; upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UTLS) studies, tropospheric gravity wave investigations
Unit Cost$100k-$1M
Key Risksnot mentioned
Ease of Usededicated team of operators
PlatformsGround
TRLTRL 4
REFERENCES
Brown, W. O. J. Brown, S. A. Cohn, P. B. Chilson, and R. D. Palmer, 2007: A 449MHz modular wind profiler development study, Proc.33rd Conference on Radar Meteorology, Cairns Australia. (http://ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpapers/123735.pdf)
REMARKS
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UPDATED ON
9 Oct 2009 15:24