Field Validation of Cloud Properties Sensor
1 March 2020 - 1 March 2021
Lead Scientist: Stephen Jones
Aerodyne Research will deploy our near infrared enhanced version of our Three Waveband Spectrally Agile Technique Sensor (TWST-EN) at the Southern Great Plains facility (SGP) for duration of February 2020 to February 2021. TWST-EN is a spectroradiometer that covers the 400-1600 nm waveband and can retrieve cloud optical depth (COD), droplet effective radius and thermodynamic phase. Our primary technical objective is to validate TWST-EN by deploying it for an extended period at SGP in order to perform extensive measurement and retrieval comparisons with other co-located instruments. The following is a short summary:
- SASze – Shortwave spectroradiometer very similar to TWST-EN. Spectral radiance, COD, Reff and phase.
- AERI – Passive infrared radiometer with the optimal estimation (AERIoe) value added product (VAP). LWP, Reff.
- MWR, MWR3C – Microwave radiometers, MWRRET (VAP). LWP, Reff.
- TSI – Total Sky Imager. Cloud fraction, optically thick/thin ambiguity reduction.
- MPL, CEIL – Micropulse Lidar and ceilometer. Layer and mixed phase information.
- AERONET CIMEL® in Cloud Mode – COD
characterized and it operates in a temperature-controlled environment. TWST-EN is a field instrument that communicates with a data acquisition computer that is in the temperature-controlled environment. Spectral radiance comparisons with SASze during widely varying environmental conditions will be of primary importance. TWST-EN has been designed to be a lower cost alternative SASze with a goal of being an affordable option for widespread deployment.