Pilot field observations of Lake Michigan atmospheric boundary layers

Major Goals and Objectives

  • Test the ability of a mobile atmospheric sounding system, and best deployment methods, to observe marine boundary layer (MBL) structure and evolution across Lake Michigan
  • Compare observations from this sounding system to nearby standard NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) sounding data in the Great Lakes region
  • Conduct initial tests of theories by Workoff (2010) on cross-lake changes in marine boundary layer vertical stability and wind structure
  • Use pilot data gathered during these field tests to develop a more complete observational field study of interactions between Lake Michigan marine boundary layers and deep convective storm systems

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
David Kristovich
Initiation Date:
2010
Completion Date:
2011
Affiliation:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Contacts

David Kristovich
dkristo@illinois.edu