10.3 An Overview of the Texas Ozonesonde Network

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 11:00 AM
Salon G (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Gary A. Morris, St. Edward's Univ., Austin, TX; and J. H. Flynn III, B. L. Lefer, B. Heinemann, D. W. DuBois, A. Kotsakis, P. J. Walter, and M. Spychala

Since 2004, over 850 weather balloons carrying instruments to measure ozone and meteorological data have been launched as part of a continued effort to provide high resolution datasets of vertical profiles of important meteorological features and influences on surface air quality at urban and remote sites across Texas. This effort has expanded from its initial home at Rice University and has involved partners across the state including the University of Houston, Lamar University (Beaumont), St. Edward’s University (Austin), Southwestern University (Georgetown), Trinity University (San Antonio), the University of Texas San Antonio, Steven F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches), Texas A&M University (College Station) the University of Texas at Dallas, Oklahoma State University (Idabel, OK), the University of Texas at El Paso, and New Mexico State University (Santa Teresa, NM). The data collected as part of this project is freely available for use and has been archived on the St. Edward’s University Munday Library Website. This presentation provides an overview of the network and data collected, a sample of insights gained from more than a decade of flights, and a template for planning future studies.
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