Past Projects

The primary mission of this project was to develop a detailed understanding of climate variability and the source of persistent air pollutants in New England. The goal was to identify the causes of climate variability, predict air quality changes as an addition to daily weather forecasts, and to demonstrate new forecasting technologies.

Assessing Icing Conditions in the High Elevations of the Northeast
Predicting the severity of icing conditions for aviation interests has been a challenge for decades, and increased interest in wind power in the Northeast brings a new motivation to improve our understanding of how icing conditions occur and to develop new techniques to forecast icing. A three year project, in collaboration with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, Plymouth State University, and NASA Langley, aims to observe and improve predictions of icing conditions in the Northeast.

Climate Change and Air Pollutant Impacts to New England's Rare Alpine Zone
Observatory researchers, in collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Plymouth State University, are assessing climate and air pollutant trends and their influence on New England's high-elevation alpine ecosystems. Made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this work builds on the Observatory's unique hourly climate record and the deployment of the Mount Washington Regional Mesonet, as well as the AMC's long-term air quality and alpine ecosystem monitoring.

This LIDAR wind measurement system measured winds from the ground up to 40,000 feet by using a laser beam and sophisticated optical techniques. New England Air Quality Study 2002 The primary goal of this project was an improved understanding of the atmospheric processes that control the production and distribution of air pollutants in the New England region.

Polarstern Cruise
Former Chief Scientist Alex Pszenny and former Staff Scientist Andy Wall participated in a research cruise aboard the German vessel Polarstern to gain a better understanding of the global significance of halogen chemistry in marine air.

Snow Gauge Project
Two electronic devices for measuring "liquid equivalent precipitation rate" were tested on the summit as one element of the FAA's Aviation Weather Research Program to increase understanding of atmospheric processes that cause the development of hazardous weather.

Visibility Meter
A Vaisala model FD-12P visibility and present weather detector was tested on the summit for use in an Auto Surface Observation System. Mount Washington Icing Sensor Project This project evaluated a variety technologies for sensing icing conditions in aviation applications.


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