Request Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) for your field research

EOL is at the core of NSF's atmospheric research community for collecting observational data and transferring knowledge of instrumentation, measurements, and scientific observations. EOL provides state-of-the-art instruments and equipment at request for collaborative analysis, including radar, aircraft, and light and sounding systems.

LAOF Research Aircraft
  • NSF/NCAR C-130
LAOF Ground-based Systems
  • Integrated Sounding System
  • Integrated Surface Flux System
  • MicroPulse DIAL
  • S-Pol Radar
LAOF Airborne Instrumentation
  • AVAPS Dropsonde System
  • GV High-Spectral Resolution Lidar
  • HIAPER Cloud Radar
  • Complete suite of complementary airborne instrumentation

Learn about specialized and scalable services that EOL provides in support of atmospheric field programs

PIs may request EOL support services for field campaigns independent of requesting LAOF. EOL provides the following support services to the research community

  • Data management
  • Project management and operations
  • Operations center and system administration
  • Design and fabrication 
  • Calibration laboratory
  • Educational programs

Access the EOL Field Data Archive

The EOL Field Data Archive contains publicly available data from atmospheric research campaigns conducted by the National Science Foundation. Datasets are collected from research instrumentation operated by NCAR and other organizations and investigators. Currently, there are some 590 field campaigns in the Field Data Archive and over 15,000 datasets.


Request FARE/LAOF and EOL field campaign support services

The Project Requests Online (PRESTO) is the submission platform to request one or more of the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and EOL services. The LAOF includes facilities managed by the NCAR/Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) and the University of Wyoming and are part of the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) program.

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