EOL manages NSF-owned ground-based, polarimetric weather radars that provide atmospheric researchers with measurements of the structure, movement and severity of precipitating cloud systems and on the type and amount of resulting precipitation.

The NSF/NCAR HIAPER and C-130 airborne platforms are equipped with fuselage apertures of different shapes and sizes to accept optical windows or structural plates that serve as mounting locations for a variety of remote sensing instruments. Large, interchangeable instrumentation pods can carry optical particle probes, active and passive remote sensors and in-situ sensors. Wing tip pylons can carry canister-mounted sensors. Structures at fuselage top and bottom provide additional capacity for hemispheric radiometers and other sensors.

EOL and the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) partner organizations provide many ground-based and airborne remote sensing platforms. The aircraft investigator handbooks for the C-130 and HIAPER provide details on the airborne instrumentation interfaces.



S-band/Ka-band Dual-Polarization Dual-Wavelength Doppler Radar (S-PolKa)

The S-band/Ka-band, dual Polarimetric (S-PolKa) radar combines dual-polarization, dual-wavelength (S-band and Ka-band) and Doppler measurements on a single radar platform. 
» Read more about the the NCAR S-PolKa Radar


HIAPER Cloud Radar (HCR)

The HIAPER Cloud Radar (HCR) is an airborne millimeter wavelength radar that provides remote sensing capabilities to the NSF/NCAR HIAPER aircraft. 
» Read more about the NCAR HIAPER Cloud Radar (HCR)



GV High Spectral Resolution Lidar (GV-HSRL)

The Gulfstream-V High Spectral Resolution Lidar (GV-HSRL) is used to make accurate measurements of atmospheric extinction, backscatter coefficients, optical depth, and discrimination between ice and water clouds.  
» Read more about the GV High Spectral Resolution Lidar (GV-HSRL)


MicroPulse DIAL (MPD)

The MicroPulse Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) is a compact, field-deployable, micro-pulse differential absorption lidar that provides continuous monitoring of water vapor in the lower troposphere. 
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Wyoming Cloud Radar (WCR)

The WCR can be operated in various single- and dual-beam configurations and can be supported by the Wyoming King Air, the NSF/NCAR C-130, or used as a ground-based facility. 
» Read more about the Wyoming Cloud Radar


Wyoming Cloud Lidar

The Wyoming Cloud Lidar (WCL) is an airborne observational system that is used to study cloud structure and composition, and can be supported by the Wyoming King Air or the NSF/NCAR C-130,
» Read more about the Wyoming Cloud Lidar