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BEACHON: Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics and Nitrogen

Summary

The Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics and Nitrogen (BEACHON) project is a broad ranging, multi-year study being led by NCAR/ISP. BEACHON is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the roles of biogenic aerosols, nitrogen trace gases and oxidants in linking and regulating the carbon and water cycles. 

The 2010 BEACHON study was centered on the Manitou Experimental Forest located in the Front Range foothills southwest of Denver, Colorado.

ISF support comprises three components:

  1. ISFS turbulence flux tower.  This tower is 45 meters tall and is instrumented at 5 levels.  Operation of this system is on-going.
  2. Two GAUS radiosonde sounding systems.  These systems were deployed for a brief study in August 2010 to compare the atmosphere at the undisturbed Manitou Forest and the nearby Hayman fire area (recovering from devastating wildfire in 2002).
  3. CL-31 ceilometer.  This system was deployed for the month of August 2010 to examine boundary layer structure and clouds.

A wide variety of measurements are also being made by other groups.


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Datasets from this project

Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2010-08-01 00:00:00
End Date 2010-08-31 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Maximum (North) Latitude: 39.20, Minimum (South) Latitude: 39.10
Minimum (West) Longitude: -105.30, Maximum (East) Longitude: -105.00