2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Department of Energy ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE)

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Program Manager:
Dr. Peter Milne

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Chad Naughton

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dan Lubin

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, California

Project Web Site:
http://www.arm.gov/campaigns/amf2015aware External US Government Site


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Near station / West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS)


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

  • Allison Aiken
  • Jeffrey Aquilina
  • Jody Ellis
  • Colin Jenkinson
  • Krzysztof Krzton
  • Iosif Lindenmaier
  • Dan Lubin (PI)
  • Kim Nitschke
  • Paul Ortega
  • Heath Powers (Team Leader)
  • Maciej Ryczek
  • Ryan Scott
  • Joshua Snider
  • Gregory Stone