||National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Div. ;Cooperative Inst. for Research in Environmental Science, Boulder, CO.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. National Exposure Research Lab.
An integrated mobile meteorological monitoring systems has been designed and constructed to characterize the atmospheric boundary layer at facilities which conduct open burning (OB) and open detonation (OD) of surplus (i.e., demilitarized) military munitions. An integrated suite of ground-based in situ and remote sensors used to characterize the vertical structure of the atmosphere in the vicinity of an OB/OD release from the surface up to 2 to 3 km. Surface layer measurements include horizontal wind speed and direction, is temperature, relative humidity, net radiation, barometric pressure, and precipitation. In addition, a sonic anemometer is employed to acquire turbulent fluxes. Vertical wind profiles are acquired by a phased-array Doppler sodar and a 924 MHz wind profiling radar. The sodar also doubles as the acoustic source for the radio acoustic sounding system (RASS) which acquires profiles of virtual air temperature. A ceilometer has also been included to help in the estimation of mixed layer height.