CLAMS Level 1B
Entry Title: CLAMS Chesapeake Lighthouse Vaisala RS-80 Radiosonde

Entry ID: CLAMS_CERES_CHESLIGHT_SONDE_1
Aerosols Clouds Radiation Budget Field Campaigns
Description

CLAMS_CERES_CHESLIGHT_SONDE data were collected during the Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) experiment.The CLAMS_CERES_CHESLIGHT_SONDE data set was collected by Vaisala RS-80 Radiosonde at the Chesapeake Lighthouse, which is a Coast Guard platform located 25 km East of Virginia (near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay). It is located outside of the surf zone and far enough away from shore to make it an excellent validation site for space-borne retrievals of cloud and aerosol microphysics. The platform itself is small enough (25x25 meters) that the usual island effect associated with oceanic sites is negligible. Aerosol climatology at this location indicates optical depths and Angstrom exponents that are consistent with polluted urban aerosols, which is not surprising given its close proximity to Virginia Beach and Norfolk, VA. These urban aerosols will also have an impact on the marine clouds at the site. Not all air masses at Chesapeake Lighthouse are polluted, however, as Easterly winds from occasional synoptic systems and frequent sea breezes provide a marine aerosol source. Hence, the Chesapeake Lighthouse is an excellent location to study the impact of anthropogenic aerosols on cloud microphysical properties (i.e., the indirect effect).

DOI

10.5067/ASDC_DAAC/CLAMS/0001

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Keywords

From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
  • DEW POINT TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE
  • HUMIDITY > WATER VAPOR INDICATORS
  • ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE
  • DEW POINT TEMPERATURE > WATER VAPOR INDICATORS
  • Vaisala RS-80 Radiosonde
  • Vaisala PP15 Sounding Processor
  • Dew Point
  • Pressure
  • Relative Humidity
  • Temperature
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Spatial Information

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Spatial Coverage: (36.9, 36.91), (-75.71, -75.71)
Spatial Coverage Type: Not provided
Coordinate System: Geodetic
Granule Spatial Representation: Geodetic
Locations

VIRGINIA
Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 2001-07-10 - 2001-08-02
Temporal Resolution: 5 Seconds
Platforms

In Situ Ocean-based Platforms
OCEAN PLATFORMS
RADIOSONDES
Metadata Dates

Created on 2014-03-18
Last updated on 2019-10-15