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Using the strong expertise and past experience acquired from the multi-decadal measurements obtained by the other lidars at TMF, these water vapor measurements will quickly contribute to an unprecedented long-term database. Therefore we propose to continue all ongoing activities associated with this lidar: 1. Routine nighttime operations 3 to 5 times per week year-round to build up a long-term database and use the data to perform science investigations of atmospheric water vapor variability and changes. 2. Satellite validation activities by providing high quality profiles to existing and future validation teams 3. Optimization of the instrument with the objective of detecting mixing ratios as low as 1-4 ppmv near the tropopause. In addition to these activities, a third campaign is planned for fall 2009. This campaign will include two other water vapor lidars, microwave radiometers, FITR, and GPS instruments. Over 50 balloon-borne Vaisala RS92 radiosondes and 15 Cryogenic Frost-point Hygrometers will also be launched. MOHAVE-2009 will be carefully planned to facilitate case studies of water vapor variability at short timescales and related processes across the tropopause.

Project PI: Thierry Leblanc/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory M/S TMO- 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: (760)249-1070

Fax: (760)249-5392

Email: Thierry.Leblanc@jpl.nasa

http://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Leblanc/

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