2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 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:
Neal Scheibe / Richard Dean

Principal Investigator

Dr. Xinzhao Chu

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On 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

This is the fourth season in the renewal period and the overall seventh season for the Fe Boltzmann LiDAR campaign at Arrival Heights. Since its installation in December 2010, the LiDAR team members have collected data around the clock in both summer and winter. The teams activities this season will include: (1) Continuing data collection in both summer and winter seasons; (2) Refurbishing, maintaining and upgrading the LiDAR system to its optimum status; (3) Upgrading the LiDAR computer, data acquisition system, and wavelength control programs; (4) Training two new LiDAR operators.

Deploying Team Members

  • Cao Chen
  • Xinzhao Chu (PI)
  • Zhengyu Hua
  • Anthony Lima
  • Zhangjun Wang