National Weather Center Colloquium

A future ground-based network of thermodynamic profilers: the infrared spectrometer option

Dr. David Turner
National Severe Storms Laboratory

22 April 2014, 4:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Reception at 3:30 PM

The National Research Council and many other groups have argued strongly that the Nation needs a network of instruments that are able to profile temperature and water vapor throughout the atmospheric boundary layer at high temporal and vertical resolution.  This talk presents one possible vision for such a network, wherein ground-based infrared spectrometers provide the basic measurements that are inverted to provide the desired thermodynamic profiles.  The strengths of the infrared spectrometer approach will be discussed, relative to other technologies, and several examples that illustrate the technique and its potential will be provided. A possible opportunity between DOE and NOAA/NWS on how to establish an initial network will also be presented.

Speaker bio

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