Deployable Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities

Geosciences research often requires specialized facilities, instrumentation and field support services to carry out scientific field work that is needed to understand the complex, interdependent geophysical processes, often covering remote areas of the globe.

The National Science Foundation, through its Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) Section, provides funding for the acquisition, operation, maintenance and upgrading of several large research platforms and instrumentation to support observational meteorology.

EOL, together with the University of Wyoming (UW) and the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR), maintains and operates this suite of instruments on behalf of NSF. Referred to as the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF), these platforms include:

Research Aircraft

» NSF/NCAR C-130
» Univeristy of Wyoming King Air

Ground-based & Airborne Remote Sensing Instrumentation

NCAR Facilities
» S-PolKa Radar
» HIAPER Cloud Radar
» GV High-Spectral Resolution Lidar
» MicroPulse DIAL

Partner Organization Facilities
» Wyoming Cloud Radar
» Wyoming Cloud Lidar
» CSWR Doppler On Wheels Radar
» CSWR Rapid Scan Doppler on Wheels
» CSWR Mobile Mesonet
» CSWR Weather Pods

Surface, Sounding, and Profiling Systems

» Integrated Surface Flux System
» Integrated Sounding System
» AVAPS Dropsonde System


Aircraft Instrumentation

Airborne instrumentation presents a broad range of the resources available for request as part of airborne research projects.
» Deployable Aircraft Instrumentation


Support Services

These observing facilities, as well as associated services are available on a competitive basis to all qualified researchers from universities, NCAR, and other government agencies. Requestable support services include:

» Project Management Office (PMO)
» Design and Fabrication Service (DFS)
» Data Management and Services (DMS)