2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 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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A-130-M Research Location(s): Arrival Heights / ANZ Lab C


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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Richard Dean

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Xinzhao Chu
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights / ANZ Lab C


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

Team members will deploy for both the A-130 and the A-123 projects and will work on both projects for simultaneous observations. They will upgrade instruments and perform routine maintenance and student trainings. They will also conduct data analysis on the ice, and students will progress toward the completion of their graduate degrees.

Deploying Team Members

  • Grant Berland
  • Zimu Li