Tethered Balloon System Merged Data Now In Production

Published: 21 May 2024
Instruments are strung along the tether of a large balloon aloft in the air. Purple flowers poke out of the grass in the foreground.
During the SAIL campaign, a tethered balloon system collects data at the East River Pumphouse site south of Gothic, Colorado, on June 14, 2023. Photo is by Nathan Bilow.

The Tethered Balloon System Merged value-added product (TBSMERGED VAP) and the in-cloud version of the merged product (TBSMERGEDINCLOUD) have moved from evaluation to production.

Both VAPs make it easier to access and use measurements from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s TBS flights. TBSMERGED combines data from TBS instruments and ground-based ceilometers, allowing for examination of cloud-base and boundary-layer heights. TBSMERGEDINCLOUD combines the same types of data sets as the standard version but also includes measurements of airborne supercooled liquid water content.

TBSMERGED production data are available from TBS flights at the following ARM sites:

The TBSMERGEDINCLOUD production data cover flights at Oliktok Point, Alaska, from April 9, 2017, to November 20, 2020.

More information about these data can be found on the TBSMERGED web page.

Access all TBSMERGED and TBSMERGEDINCLOUD data in the ARM Data Center. (To download the data, first create an ARM account.)

To ask questions, provide feedback, or report data issues, please contact Dari Dexheimer, ARM’s lead TBS instrument mentor.

To cite the TBSMERGED data, please use doi:10.5439/1862017. The TBSMERGEDINCLOUD data can be referenced as doi:10.5439/1862018.

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ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.