2019-2020 Science Planning Summaries
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2019-2020 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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A-123-M Research Location(s): Arrival Heights, ANZ Lab


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1443726

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

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


Researchers on this project operate two narrow-band, multi-frequency Doppler LiDARs at McMurdo Station. These LiDARs can make high-resolution observations of winds and temperatures in the middle and upper atmosphere. Simultaneous observations by the two instruments - a sodium (Na) LiDAR and an iron (Fe) Boltzmann LiDAR - provide unprecedented levels of detail to characterize atmospheric conditions. The instruments have been hosted by the Antarctica New Zealand (ANZ) program in their Arrival Heights laboratory since late 2010. The observations provide critical data to address key science challenges associated with the space-atmosphere interaction region, and in particular in the sparsely observed high-latitude southern hemisphere.

Field Season Overview

Six participants will deploy to conduct observations with the Na Doppler and Fe Boltzmann LiDARs. They will upgrade, refurbish, and perform routine maintenance on the instruments. They will also train students who will analyze data and progress toward completing their graduate degrees.

Deploying Team Members

  • Xinzhao Chu (PI)
  • Ian Geraghty
  • Jackson Jandreau
  • Zimu Li
  • Amanda Steckel