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Windswept – The Research Situation Today

Acronyms abound in this rundown excerpt of the Observatory's present research load. By Duncan McKee

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ASOS sonic anemometer test equipment at the helipad on the summit.

The GroundWinds project, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through a subcontract to the MWO from the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, involves the use of a LIDAR telescope to measure wind velocities and directions at elevations up to 40,000 feet in the atmosphere. The project will serve to help calibrate and validate wind measurements in the upper atmosphere using LIDAR technology in association with the planned NOAA mission WEATHERSAT.

WEATHERSAT is intended to provide accurate and precise global measurements of upper level wind speeds necessary for the improvement of next generation forecasts.

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