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Title: Biogenic Aerosols—Effects on Clouds and Climate: Snowfall Experiment Field Campaign Report

The snowfall measurement campaign took place during deployment of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2) in Finland. The campaign focused on understanding snowfall microphysics and characterizing performance of surface-based snowfall measurement instruments. This was achieved by combining triple frequency (X, Ka, W-band) radar observations of vertical structure of the precipitation, microwave radiometer observations of liquid water path (LWP), and lidar measurements of supercooled water layers with surface-based observations of snowfall rate and particle size distributions. To facilitate accurate surface measurements of snowfall properties, a double-fence intercomparison reference wind protection for the weighing precipitation gauge and two-dimensional (2D)-video disdrometer was built on site. Due to the duplication of some instruments, namely the 2D-video disdrometer and the weighing gauge, we were able to characterize their measurement errors as a function of wind speed, thus aiming at providing a correction procedure for the other ARM sites.
  1. University of Helsinki
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DOE ARM Climate Research Facility, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
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DOE Office of Science Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
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United States
snowfall microphysics, snow growth processes, precipitation measurement, optical disdrometer, microwave radiometer