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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2019-46
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Research article 24 Apr 2019

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Atmospheric observations made at Oliktok Point, Alaska as part of the Profiling at Oliktok Point to Enhance YOPP Experiments (POPEYE) campaign

Gijs de Boer1,2, Darielle Dexheimer3, Fan Mei4, John Hubbe4, Casey Longbottom3, Peter J. Carroll4, Monty Apple3, Lexie Goldberger4, David Oaks5, Justin Lapierre5, Michael Crume5, Nathan Bernard5, Matthew D. Shupe1,2, Amy Solomon1,2, Janet Intrieri2, Dale Lawrence6, Abhiram Doddi6, Donna J. Holdridge7, Mark D. Ivey3, Beat Schmid4, and Michael Hubbell4 Gijs de Boer et al.
  • 1Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80304, USA
  • 2NOAA Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, CO, 80304, USA
  • 3Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 4Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA
  • 5Fairweather, LLC, Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 6Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 7Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

Abstract. Between 1 July and 30 September 2018, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), tethered balloon systems (TBS), and additional radiosondes were deployed at Oliktok Point, Alaska to measure the atmosphere in support of the second special observing period for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). These measurements, collected as part of the “Profiling at Oliktok Point to Enhance YOPP Experiments” (POPEYE) campaign, targeted quantities related to enhancing our understanding of boundary layer structure, cloud and aerosol properties and surface-atmosphere exchange, and provide extra information for model evaluation and improvement work. Over the three-month campaign, a total of 59 DataHawk2 sUAS flights, 52 TBS flights, and 238 total radiosonde launches were completed as part of POPEYE. The data from these coordinated activities provide a comprehensive three-dimensional data set of the atmospheric state (air temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind), surface skin temperature, aerosol properties, and cloud microphysical information over Oliktok Point. These data sets have been checked for quality and submitted to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program data archive (http://www.archive.arm.gov/discovery/) and are accessible at no cost by all registered users. The primary dataset DOIs are https://doi.org/10.5439/1418259 (DataHawk2 measurements; Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, 2016b), https://doi.org/10.5439/1426242 (TBS measurements; Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, 2017) and https://doi.org/10.5439/1021460 (radiosonde measurements; Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, 2013a).

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This paper provides a summary of observations collected at Oliktok Point Alaska as part of the Profiling at Oliktok Point to Enhance YOPP Experiments (POPEYE) campaign. The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is a multi-year concentrated effort to improve forecasting capabilities at high latitudes across a variety of time scales. POPEYE observations include atmospheric data collected using unmanned aircraft, tethered balloons, and radiosondes, made in parallel to routine measurements at the site.
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