2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Department of Energy ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE)
Dr. Dan Lubin
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
The Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program deployed more than 60 atmospheric measuring instruments to McMurdo Station in November and December 2015 to make the first observations of Antarctic cloud microphysics using advanced instrumentation over an entire annual cycle. The McMurdo Station site is staffed by two DOE subcontractors who remain with the facility for the project's duration. The facility will remain in operation for the duration of the 2016 calendar year and will be packed up for shipping off continent aboard the 2017 resupply vessel.
Field Season Overview
The Los Alamos National Laboratory, Field Instrument Deployments and Operations Team, working for the United States Department of Energy, will measure climate conditions at McMurdo. A team of up to 15 DOE personnel will be based at McMurdo to begin installing the AMF2 Facility at their designated pad below the CosRay Bldg. Six standard 20 foot shipping containers will be set up in a cluster to house most of the climate research instrumentation. Four 20 foot containers for equipment and storage will also be located at the CosRay site. Two radar "target towers" are to be placed at predetermined locations approved by ASC from a previous scoping trip. Two technicians will remain onsite to operate, repair, and maintain the instrumentation at McMurdo through the winter. A 30 foot met tower is to be erected in the center of the field instrumentation area. This project is closely coupled with a separate team (O-326) that will measure climate conditions at the WAIS Divide field site. A shipping container and two pallets of scientific instrumentation will be sent to WAIS by LC 130 aircraft. A team of four will set-up the container and field instrumentation. Two personnel will remain to maintain and operate the instrumentation and launch weather balloons until late January. Up to three technicians will arrive from McMurdo to help the technicians pack the instrumentation. They will then leave WAIS, and the container and pallets will be transported back to McMurdo where some of the instruments will be integrated into the Cosray site. The remaining instrumentation and container will be stored at the Cosray site for the Austral winter.
Deploying Team Members