Deployable Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities

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

Through its Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) Section, the National Science Foundation 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 (UWyo), maintains and operates this suite of instruments on behalf of the NSF. Referred to as the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF), these platforms include:

Research Aircraft

» NSF/NCAR C-130

Partner Organization Aircraft
» University of Wyoming King Air


Airborne Instrumentation

» AVAPS Dropsonde System
» GV High-Spectral Resolution Lidar
» HIAPER Cloud Radar
» All Airborne Instrumentaiton

Partner Organization Facilities
» Wyoming Cloud Lidar
» Wyoming Cloud Radar

Ground-based Systems

» Integrated Sounding System
» Integrated Surface Flux System
» MicroPulse DIAL
» S-Pol Radar