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Haystack Observatory Sept 23-26, 2008 Four Guiding Lights Technology Community Science Education NSF Consortium of Resonance and Rayleigh Lidars

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Haystack Observatory Sept 23-26, 2008

Four Guiding Lights

Technology

Community

Science

Education

NSF Consortium of Resonance andRayleigh Lidars

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The Na Wind/Temperature lidars have reached a level of robust and reliable operation whose measurements and scientific contributions makethem an essential community asset.

Temperature

Wind

Products:

Often a centerpiece instrument, the lidar technique providesthe most comprehensive measurement of range-resolved, neutralgas properties in the middle atmosphere and lower thermosphere.

What is CRRL?

Description

A university-based lidar consortium with applications tomiddle and upper atmosphere research.

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NWRA

Colorado Research Associates PI: Dave Fritts Co-I: Biff Williams

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampagnePI: Gary Swenson

Co-I: Alan Liu

University of ColoradoPI: Jeff Thayer

CoRA

UIUC

CRRL Director

&Steering Committee

CSU

CU - CTC

Five CRRL PIs

Richard CollinsJohn Plane

Rolando Garcia

Colorado State UniversityPI: Steve Reising

Co-Is: Chiao-Yao (Joe) Sheand Titus Yuan

University of ColoradoPI: Xinzhao Chu

Co-I: Wentao Huang

Who is CRRL?

Collaborator: Jonathan Friedman, Arecibo Observatory

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CoRA LidarSite: Andoya, Norway

Location: 69°N, 16°E

Elevation: 380 m

CSU LidarSite: Fort Collins, Colorado

Location: 41°N, 105°W

Elevation: 1570 m

UIUC Lidar

Site (2008): Urbana, Illinois

Location: 40°N, 88°W

Elevation: 225 m

Site (2009): Cerro Pachón,

Chile

Location: 30°S, 70°W,

Elevation 2715m

CRRL Tech CenterSite: Boulder, Colorado

Location: 40°N, 105°W

Elevation: 1655 m

Where is CRRL?

Sites

Andoya, Norway

CSU

CU

UIUC

Cerro Pachon

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CRRL: Science

Science

Science Leadership:

Expertise in mesosphere and lower thermosphere neutral physics and

chemistry: non-linear wave dynamics, wind and thermal structure,

metal chemistry, polar mesospheric clouds, climate trends…

Science Productivity:

45 Published articles in Applied Optics, JGR, GRL, JASTP in past two years

Science Technology:

Technology innovations have advanced the field and these developments have led to science advancements in other fields

Science Driver:

Na W/T lidar is a centerpiece instrument attracting science campaigns, spacecraft validation, and model verification

- Rocket campaigns in SOR, White Sands, and Andoya

- Leonid meteor shower campaign at SOR

- Multi-instrument collaboration at Maui-MALT, ALOMAR and Cerro Pachon, Chile

- CSU diurnal cycle studies with TIME-GCM and TIMED SABER

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ScienceLeadership

Operations & Maintenance

ScienceTechnology

Training

Education

Collaboration

ScienceProductivity

CRRLTech Center

Data

ScienceDriver

Outreach

Innovation

Facility Challenges: Keeping all Elements Well Balanced

Challenges

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Facility Challenges: As a University-Based Facility, Budgets Impact Students

Challenges

Student Impact:

Students serve as the work force for operations, maintenance, technology development, science productivity, and future innovations.

Budget Impact:

Facility budget fluctuations and pressures related to operations and data for community usage has a direct impact on students whose support requires consistency and stability to complete degrees