2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Simultaneous Na Doppler and Fe Boltzmann LiDAR observations and modeling of the middle and upper atmosphere at McMurdo, Antarctica

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1443726

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Richard Dean / Chad Naughton

Principal Investigator

Dr. Xinzhao Chu

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights


Researchers on this project deployed a narrow-band, three-frequency Na (Sodium) Doppler LiDAR to McMurdo Station that is capable of measuring both winds and temperatures vertically. This LiDAR makes high-resolution observations of the middle and upper atmosphere together with simultaneous observations of the co-located Fe Boltzmann LiDAR. Both instruments are hosted by the Antarctica New Zealand (ANZ) program in their Arrival Heights building since late 2010. The Na Doppler observations provide critical data to address key science challenges associated with the space-atmosphere interaction region.

Field Season Overview

A new STAR Na Doppler LiDAR (A-123-M) will be installed in the Antarctic New Zealand Arrival Heights building, Laboratory C, adjacent to the existing Fe Boltzmann LiDAR (A-130-M). Team members will work on both projects for installation, refurbishment, data collection, maintenance, and training. The two LiDAR will run simultaneously and will require two over-wintering scientists, one from each LiDAR team, to support science requirements.

Deploying Team Members

  • Xinzhao Chu (PI)
  • Runnan Lou
  • Jian Zhao