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  • Data from the Upper Troposphere Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) programme's round 1 research project "Dynamics and Chemistry of Frontal Zones" (DCFZ). DCFZ investigated the role of frontal shear zones in determining upper tropospheric chemical distributions. This dataset contains Chilbolton radar images.

  • The Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) aimed to further the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the initiation of precipitating convection in the maritime environment of southern England; i.e. to understand why convective clouds form and develop into precipitating clouds in a particular location. Data have been collected from the 13th June 2005 to the 25th August 2005 by the Ultra-violet Raman lidar at Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of attenuated backscatter coefficients of aerosols within the atmosphere, and humidity mixing ratios. Plots of the attenuated backscatter coefficient, and of the humidity mixing ratios, at different heights are also available.

  • The Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) aimed to further the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the initiation of precipitating convection in the maritime environment of southern England; i.e. to understand why convective clouds form and develop into precipitating clouds in a particular location. Data have been collected from the 6th July 2004 to the 29th July 2004 by the Ultra-violet Raman lidar at Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of attenuated backscatter coefficients of aerosols within the atmosphere, and humidity mixing ratios. Plots of the attenuated backscatter coefficient, and of the humidity mixing ratios, at different heights are also available.

  • Data were collected by Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Raingauges from 1st of July 2004 to the present at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of rainfall accumulation as measured by multiple instruments.

  • Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Infra-Red Radiometer from 10th of May 2001 to the present at Chilbolton, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements for both sky and surface emitted infrared radiation, from 4.5 to 42 µm.

  • Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Radiometrics Radiometer from the 23rd of August 2007 to the present at Chilbolton, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of the total liquid water at zenith, together with the vertical profile of water vapour density. Accuracy of integrated water vapour (IWV) retrieval: ~1 – 2 mm Accuracy of total liquid water path (LWP) retrieval: ~15% in non-precipitating conditions.

  • Data were collected from the 1st of November 2006 to the 31st of October 2010 by the HALO photonics Doppler lidar at Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements attenuated backscatter coefficients of aerosols within the atmosphere, as well as the radial and Doppler velocity of these particles. Plots of the attenuated backscatter coefficient at different heights, and of the Doppler velocity of particles are also available.

  • Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Present Weather Sensor from 28th of January 2005 to the 21st of May 2007 at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The dataset contains reports of current weather conditions and those over the last hour using both NWS (National Weather Service)and WMO (World Meteorological Organistion) weather codes.

  • The Icelandic Volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, started erupting on 14th April 2010. The volcanic ash cloud produced covered much of Northern Europe for several weeks causing extensive disruption to air travel. The UK and European atmospheric communities had many instruments - both airborne and ground-based, remote sensing and in-situ - taking measurements of the ash cloud throughout this period. This dataset contains Leosphere and Halo Doppler Lidar images from the Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire.

  • Data were collected from the 4th of April 2002 to the present by the Ultra-violet Raman lidar at Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of attenuated backscatter coefficients of aerosols within the atmosphere, and a full Doppler spectrum, and moments Z, v, and w.