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The use of LIDAR Technology for Measuring Mixing Heights under the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Program; leveraging research under the joint DISCOVER-AQ/FRAPPÉ Missions

Citation:

Szykman, Jim, R. Long, R. Duvall, T. Knepp, M. Beaver, K. Cavender, R. Clarke, AND E. Olsen. The use of LIDAR Technology for Measuring Mixing Heights under the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Program; leveraging research under the joint DISCOVER-AQ/FRAPPÉ Missions. EM: AIR AND WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION'S MAGAZINE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS. Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, , 1-7, (2016).

Impact/Purpose:

This article presents results from the joint DISCOVER-AQ/FRAPPÉ field campaigns conducted over Denver and the Front Range area, where Lidar technology was used to measure mixing heights and compared to atmospheric boundary layer heights determined by radiosondes.

Description:

The operational use of ceilometers across the United States has been limited to detection of cloud-base heights across the Automatic Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) primarily operated by the National Weather Service and the Federal Aviation Administration. Continued improvements in the underlying technology over the past decade has resulted in the use of ceilometers to identify aerosol layers throughout the troposphere including the atmospheric mixing heights. With the forthcoming requirement to measure hourly mixing heights under the U.S EPA Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations (PAMS) program, ceilometers may provide a cost effective technological solution. During the joint DISCOVER AQ/FRAPPÉ Field Campaigns conducted over Denver and the Front Range area two CL-51 ceilometers were used to measure mixing heights and compared to atmospheric boundary layer heights determined by radiosondes.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/NON-PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 08/01/2016
Record Last Revised: 02/28/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 339821

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

EXPOSURE METHODS & MEASUREMENT DIVISION