- Current observations
New research project on spatial structure of near-surface motions funded by ARO
Research award: A new research grant has been received for the proposal entitled "Observing Spatial Structure of Near Surface Atmospheric Motions Using a Combination of Optical and Acoustic in-situ and Remote Sensing techniques". This project is funded by the Army Research Office, Environmental Sciences Division, Atmospheric Sciences for the period July 01, 2010 - June 30, 2013. Its a collaborative effort between the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS): Christoph Thomas (PI), Larry Mahrt (Co-PI), and the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering (BEE): John Selker (Co-PI).
The primary goal is to deploy a novel optical fiber Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system capable of very high spatial (0.25m) and temporal (1Hz) resolution in a vertical array (20 x 20m) over a real, moderately complex and structured surfaces with the objective to to directly measure the spatial structure of the near-surface flow under weak-wind conditions. Measurements by the DTS will be augmented with observations from sonic anemometers, acoustic remote sensing (SODAR), and laser-illuminated artificial fog releases. The DTS instrument will be provided by the Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs.