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Nuts and Bolts

- AERI system send to Australia

- AERI software upgrade

- Lidar goes to Alaska

- DURIP grant for supercomputer

- GOES sounder data directs EO-1 satellite

- Scanning HIS' travels


Highly technical instruments play a large role in SSEC research. The center contributes to both the development of new instruments and the validation and improvement of existing ones, particularly those aboard weather satellites. SSEC also provides instrument support for field experiments and other research projects.

Nuts and Bolts

aeri retrieval researchcourtesy of Wayne Feltz
In the continuation of AERI retrieval research, AERI data has added new information to the RUC analysis

Deployment in Darwin: SSEC personnel helped deploy an AERI system for a Department of Energy (DOE) experiment, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM), in Darwin, Australia.

AERI upgrade: SSEC received DOE ARM funding to upgrade the AERI operational software to run on a currently operating system and increase the rate of AERI radiance measurements allowing better cloud property retrievals.

A trip to Barrow: The UW Arctic High Spectral Lidar instrument headed to Barrow, Alaska. In Barrow, the HSRL collected data about climate change for the Department of Energy ’s Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment (MPACE).

In a hardware upgrade, CIMSS obtained this SGI Altix Linux cluster

New supercomputer: CIMSS received a grant from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to purchase a supercomputer. The computer, an SGI Altix 3700, supports the design of satellite instruments as well as the development of numerical weather prediction models. SSEC’s Technical Computing (TC) staff implemented the computer.

Guided by data: CIMSS supplied GOES Sounder data that helped direct the Earth Observing-1 satellite without human intervention in a proof-of-concept test for synergistically using information from one satellite platform to guide data acquisition from another. The GOES-12 Sounder Cloud Top Pressure product and NASA’s Science Goal Monitor (SGM) were used.

A well-traveled instrument: 2004 was a busy year for the Scanning HIS. Over the year, it traveled across the world and back again on six separate field experiments. It was also featured in a report on its “highly accurate FTIR observation” from the International Society for Optical Engineering’s conference in November.

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