Instruments: All instruments required for ACTIVATE science objectives are mature (TRL 9); these advanced, active and passive remote sensing and in situ instruments provide a low-risk, high-impact approach for both obtaining critical atmospheric measurements to relate aerosols, clouds, and meteorology, and improving models. ACTIVATE also provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the ability of a new compact airborne radiometer to provide an additional cloud liquid water path measurement. ACTIVATE includes a suite of multi-scale models and a diverse science analysis and modeling team with broad expertise in integrating airborne and satellite data to advance our knowledge of aerosol-cloud-meteorology interactions. The ACTIVATE team brings together experts in airborne in situ and remote sensing measurements and analyses, model development, satellite retrievals, and field campaign leadership.
The primary instruments planned for ACTIVATE are:
- High Spectral Resolution Lidar-2 (HSRL-2)
- Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP)
- Langley Aerosol Research Group Experiment (LARGE) aerosol optical and microphysics
- LARGE cloud probes and cloud water collection
- Diode Laser Hydrometer (DLH) water vapor
- Turbulent Air-Motion Measurement System (TAMMS) winds