ICECAPS Observatory at Summit Station, Greenland

photo of taking a sounding In the spring of 2010, the ongoing measurements at Summit Station (72° 36'N, 38° 25'W, 3250m), atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, were significantly enhanced with new capabilities to observe cloud and atmosphere properties. These upgrades were made by the Integrated Characterization of Energy, Clouds, Atmospheric state, and Precipitation at Summit (ICECAPS) project, which is collaboratively-lead by the Universities of Colorado, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. New instruments at the site include: cloud radar, depolarization lidar, micropulse lidar, infrared spectrometer, two microwave radiometers, ceilometer, precipitation occurrence sensor, and a twice-daily radiosonde program. The ICECAPS program will continue through summer of 2014 at a minimum. Overall programmatic and logistical support for these operations is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional instrumental support is provided by the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, and Environment Canada.

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Matt ShupePSD researcher Matthew Shupe's blog about setting up the ICECAPS field experiment can be found at CIRES.
Mobile science facility at Summit, Greenland
Mobile science facility at Summit, Greenland
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The Summit data BROWSER allows viewing of:

  1. Raw measurements
  2. Instrument diagnostics
  3. Higher order derived geophysical products from the ICECAPS project.

Summit Datagrams*

Eureka_Millimeter Wavelength Cloud Radar
Summit_NOAA Broadband Radiation
Summit_Millimeter Wavelength Cloud Radar
Summit_Polar Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer
Summit_Microwave Radiometer and Humidity and Temperature Profiler
Summit_Micropulse Lidar
Summit_Precipitation Occurrence Sensor System
Summit_Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera
Summit_Total Sky Imager
*Datagram: A “Datagram” is intended to serve as a virtual data mentor to anyone who comes in contact with the data file or the instrumentation that is used to generate fields within that file. While a data user will ideally collaborate closely with a principal investigator, “Datagrams” provide a structured basis for independent inquiry and logical information exchange about data processing.

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