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HUNTSVILLE OZONESONDE STATION

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Huntsville, Alabama Ozonesonde Station.   The station commenced operations in April 1999 and is a cooperative effort between the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Earth System Science Laboratory (ESSL), the Atmospheric Science Department (ATS) of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and the Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHCC) of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC/NASA).

The Huntsville Ozonesonde station is located at the National Space, Science, and Technology Center (NSSTC) on the UAH campus.  Latitude 34.72 N, Longitude 86.64 W.  The station is operated by Michael Newchurch (UAH) and his students.  Weekly ozonesondes are launched on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (Central).  Vertical ozone, temperature, and relative humidity profiles from the surface to approximately 35 km (7 mb) are produced. Graphical outputs of each ozonesonde flight are archived and made available on this site.

The objective of the Huntsville Ozonesonde station is to study tropospheric ozone in the Southeastern U.S. in context of the regional meteorology and chemistry. This will be done using NCAR's MOZART global chemical transport model.

 

Acknowledgments

  • Bryan Johnson - CMDL, for setting up the Huntsville Station and teaching us to prepare and launch the ozonesondes.

  • Dave Hofmann, Lab Director CMDL and Sam Oltmans, CMDL/Ozone Research group.

  • John Christy, Director ESSC - UAH, for providing us with the space for the station.

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