Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash., are in the process of developing what it has reported as the "the world's most sophisticated moveable, atmospheric-measuring suite."
The ARM Mobile Facility or AMF, is being constructed as part of the Dept of Energy's (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research program--the largest global change research program supported by the DOE. The $1.4 million station will be equipped with a range of instrumentation, including a balloon sounding system, IR thermometers, micropulse LIDAR, and an Eddy correlation flux measurement system, all designed to withstand temperatures from -40 to [degrees]C.
One of its first missions will be to survey atmospheric conditions in sub-Saharan Africa in 2006.
Pacific Northwest Laboratory