2015 EOL Holiday Newsletter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Another successful year for EOL ­– evident in the high-quality service our Laboratory has provided to the atmospheric science observational community – is behind us. EOL’s staff, postdocs, students, and visitors deserve high praise for their continued active contributions to advancing observational-data-based physical discovery, and the developments of a next generation of observational systems and data services to be placed in service of the observational science community in the years to come.

EOL has supported a number of field campaigns and investigator teams over the past year by providing our end-to-end service, which extends from field program planning and guidance through operation of facilities and instruments in the field to data services in the course of a field campaign and afterwards. In FY 2015, EOL deployed instrumentation to five NSF-approved field campaigns – four of which fell into the small/simple category (CSET, Nor’Easter, WINTER, MASCRAD) and one that was a large/complex project (PECAN). EOL also supported two cost recovery project for NASA (IceBridge 2015, OLYMPEX), one cost recovery project for NOAA (SHOUT), and three NSF-approved instrumentation tests on the NSF/NCAR aircraft (ARISTO, HCR Test, SABIRPod). These campaigns ranged from a few days to over four months in length and put to use a variety of the NSF LAOF – facilities that EOL manages and provides in support of observational scientific discoveries. EOL’s role in these campaigns was critical and entailed direct support of more than 90 principal investigators from over 100 institutions. More than 180 students ­– undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral – were directly involved in these field campaigns as well. The PECAN campaign stands out in this group for EOL not only in terms of the number of investigators, mobile platforms, and the overall complexity of nighttime operations but also in terms of the EOL co-leadership of the science team on such a large, complex project.

The end-to-end service that EOL provides to our scientific community includes not only the field deployment of instrumentation but also data processing, quality control, and archival and stewardship of field project data. As of the FY 2015 end, EOL has issued over 400 Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for datasets in our holdings as well as for our platforms and facilities. We encourage you to adopt the citation of data sets in your scientific publications. Only with your help will EOL be able to achieve our vision of DOIs helping with metric tracking and scientific data attribution. Our data management staff has also identified over 400 field projects supported by EOL or its predecessor ATD (Atmospheric Technology Division). The up-to-date list can be found the EOL Field Project and Deployments page.

In conjunction with support of field campaigns, we have continued to provide help to the investigators to implement targeted and tailored outreach activities via education and public engagement. In FY 2015, EOL supported two educational deployments: BaseCamp II and CABL. Among other outreach activities, we also engaged the public and media during the PECAN and WINTER field campaigns. Additionally, EOL organized a workshop entitled “Observations in Atmospheric Sciences – “Next” Practices: Conducting Field Operations in a Changing World”, which took place in New Orleans, LA and involved nearly 40 U.S. and international participants. The workshop focused on sharing information on best practices, lessons learned, and country-specific experiences by various groups engaged in planning and support of scientific research campaigns around the globe.

Finally, I would like to highlight some of extremely innovative instrumentation developments in EOL. Our highest new instrumentation development priority continues to be the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR), a unique C-band airborne phased array radar with dual-Doppler and dual-polarimetric capabilities designed for a large fuselage aircraft such as the NSF/NCAR C-130. In FY 2015, the APAR team continued work on the basic elements of the APAR antenna and initiated work on the APAR Master Project Management Plan (MP2). The APAR team also had the honor of briefing the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on this radar. In addition to APAR, teams of EOL scientists and engineers have been busy with advancing the state of our ongoing developments, including the HIAPER Cloud Radar (HCR), the Water Vapor Differential Absorption Lidar (WV DIAL), Laser Air Motion System (LAMS), and the Advanced Vertical Profiling System (AVAPS).

If you would like to find out more about the EOL-supported field campaigns, development efforts, or other activities carried out in FY15, please take a look at EOL’s Annual Report.

From all of us here at EOL, Happy Holidays! We look forward to working with you again next year.

Vanda Grubišić
Director, Earth Observing Laboratory