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Project Background:

What is the Benefit?

Infrastructure Needs:  Mesoscale observations above and below the atmosphere’s lowest ten meters are particularly inadequate.

The highest priority observations needed to address current inadequacies are:

Height of the planetary boundary layer

Soil moisture and temperature profiles

High resolution vertical profiles of humidity

Measurements of air quality and related chemical composition above the surface layer

Second tier national observing gaps:

• Direct and diffuse solar radiation

Vertical profiles of wind

• Sub-surface temperature profiles (e.g., under pavement)

Icing near the surface

Vertical profiles of temperature

Surface turbulence parameters

Recommendation: Collect atmospheric profiles nationally at approximately 400 sites (~125 km resolution) to continually monitor lower tropospheric conditions.

“Ground Up” Report Link:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12540

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