Field Trip for Oklahoma Grad Students

Published: 10 April 2012

Dave Turner explains the measurements obtained by a variety of radiometers at the SGP site.
Editor’s note: Dave Turner is a scientist at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. He was heavily involved in the development of several ARM instruments—notably the AERI and Raman lidar—and is a longtime user of ARM data. In early March, he brought two professors and six graduate students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology to visit ARM’s Southern Great Plains site.

“I’ve been collaborating with Professors Petra Klein and Phil Chilson at the OU School of Meteorology. Petra had never been to the ARM site, and Phil hadn’t been there for years. It seemed a natural time to take several of their graduate students up to the site to talk about how the ARM data could be used for boundary layer research, which is a common theme among us.

The students and Petra were pretty amazed about the size and scope of the site, the instrumentation, and the challenging job to keep everything calibrated and operational. We’ve had them get some data from the ARM archive to start analyzing it, and we are considering different small student-led field experiments that could be conducted at the site in the future.” — Dave Turner, NOAA NSSL