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

Project Title

LiDAR investigation of middle and upper atmosphere temperature, composition, chemistry, and dynamics at McMurdo, Antarctica

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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Richard Dean

Principal Investigator

Dr. Xinzhao Chu

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Project Web Site:
http://cires1.colorado.edu/science/groups/chu/projects/mcmurdo.html External Web Site


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights


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

  • Ian Barry
  • Xinzhao Chu (PI)
  • Muzhou Lu
  • Xian Lu