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Storm Peak Laboratory
STATUS
Active
AVAILABILITY
Available for day use for all researcher and educators upon request. Modest day use fee applies to all users. Long-term instrument installation available as well.
REQUEST PROCEDURE
Contact Dr. A. Gannet Hallar (Director) or Ian McCubbin (Site Manager).
Surface In-Situ Networks
The Desert Research Institute's Storm Peak Laboratory (SPL) is located on the west summit of Mt. Werner on the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Park Range near the town of Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado at an elevation of 3250 m AMSL. This site has been used in cloud and aerosol studies for more than 25 years (Hindman et al., 1994), and a considerable depth of knowledge has been acquired on aerosols and interaction of aerosols with clouds from studies conducted at SPL (Borys and Wetzel, 1997). Several studies on aerosol formation and distribution, for example, have been published based on SPL research (e.g., Hindman et al., 1994; Lowenthal et al., 2004). The ridge-top location produces almost daily transition from free-troposphere to boundary-layer air which occurs near midday in both summer and winter seasons. Long-term observations at SPL document the effect of orographically induced mixing and convection on vertical pollutant transport and dispersion. SPL includes an office-type laboratory module for computer and instrumentation set up with outside air ports and cable access to the roof deck, a 150 m2 roof deck area for outside sampling equipment, a full kitchen, and overnight living accommodations. SPL is currently well equipped for aerosol measurements. Particles are sampled from an insulated, 15 cm diameter manifold within approximately 1 m of its horizontal entry point through an outside wall. The 4 m high vertical section outside the building is capped with an inverted can to exclude large particles. The laboratory has been equipped recently with a secure broadband high speed internet connection with a wireless network for visiting computers including network printers, and three workstations for common use. SPL is also part of several climate observational networks including the Western Regional Climate Center, the Regional Atmospheric Continuous CO2 Network in the Rocky Mountains, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Ultraviolet-B (USDA UV-B) monitoring and research center. SPL is operated by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS).
CONTACT
Dr. A Gannet Hallar
Storm Peak Laboratory - Desert Research Institute
PO Box 882530 Steamboat Springs, CO 80488-2530
970-819-0968
gannet.hallar@dri.edu
http://stormpeak.dri.edu
SECONDARY CONTACT
Ian McCubbin
Storm Peak Laboratory - Desert Research Institute
PO Box 882530 Steamboat Springs, CO 80488-2530
970-819-2842
ian.mccubbin@dri.edu
http://stormpeak.dri.edu
SPECIFICATIONS
Network NameSPL
Collective
Facility TypeIn-Cloud and Free Troposphere Laboratory
Purpose
LocationSteamboat Springs, CO
Number of Stationsseven
Map of Stations
CategoryMet, Aerosol, Clouds
Parameters (Most)
Paramters (Limited)
Archivehttp://www.wrcc.dri.edu/weather/strm.html
Period of Record
Temporal Resolution
Data Season
Data Availability
Other PurposesEducation
FixedYes
MobileYes
PortableYes
REFERENCES
http://stormpeak.dri.edu/PI_pubs.html
UPDATED ON
6 Apr 2011 11:01