Instruments

The Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) Portable Atmospheric Research Center, also known as the SPARC, is outfitted with an extensive suite of instruments.

The SPARC in Cimarron, Kansas, during the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign in 2015. Credit: Tim Wagner, SSEC.

The SPARC in Cimarron, Kansas, during the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign in 2015. Credit: Tim Wagner, SSEC

AERI

The Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) is a ground-based instrument that measures radiant energy from the Earth’s atmosphere.

HSRL

A High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) is a special type of lidar (a word derived from the phrase "light detection and ranging") that is used for detecting aerosols.

SurfaceMet

The Surface Meteorology Station (SurfaceMet) in the SPARC records outside meteorology statistics such as wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, and relative humidity.

WindPro

WindPro, a Stream Line Doppler Lidar system built by Halo Photonics, is deployed outside of the SPARC and records wind direction and speed profiles.

Radiosondes

Radiosondes are battery-powered telemetry instrument packages carried into the atmosphere by a weather balloon, measuring various atmospheric parameters and transmitting them by radio to a ground receiver.