2015-2016 USAP Field Season
LiDAR investigation of middle and upper atmosphere temperature, composition, chemistry, and dynamics at McMurdo, Antarctica
Dr. Xinzhao Chu
University of Colorado Boulder
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
This project continues the operation of the Fe Boltzmann LiDAR instrument installed in the Antarctica New Zealand (ANZ) lab at Arrival Heights. Primary research objectives are to acquire vertical profiles of atmospheric temperature (30–155 kilometers), Fe (iron) density (70–155 kilometers), and polar mesospheric cloud (PMC), to study the chemistry and dynamics of the polar atmosphere and to establish the baseline temperature, Fe, PMC, and gravity-wave climatologies.
Field Season Overview
The four-member team will collect LiDAR data in both summer and winter seasons; only one LiDAR scientist will winter over. The team will refurbish and maintain the LiDAR system to its optimum status.
Deploying Team Members