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WFF scientists support atmosphere and instrumentation research through our involvement with land-based radars, airborne lidar, atmospheric measurements, and UAV. WFF projects include:

+ "Sensors With Wings"
Small UAVs are showing promise for high resolution, quick response measurements for Earth science research. Several experiments have been conducted within the branch to explore the potential utility of miniaturized sensors combined with small air vehicles for a variety of measurements and missions.

+ Upper Air Instrumentation Research Project
Providing and seeking refined, improved, more accurate atmospheric and meteorological measurement systems and data for both today and tomorrow's US Global Change Research Program and Earth Science Enterprise Program needs.

Instrument Development
The Wallops Field Office has developed a number of airborne remote sensing instruments including: topographic mapping LIDARs, topographic mapping RADARs, fluorescence LIDAR, passive optical sensors, precision aircraft steering/control, and general purpose aircraft data systems.

The Rain-Sea Interaction Facility
The goal of the Rain-Sea Interaction Facility is to improve measurements of rain, wind and air-sea gas exchange over the oceans. Global measurement of these processes contributes to improved weather prediction and climate modeling.

+ NASA's Polarized (NPOL) S-Band Radar
The NASA Polarimetric Radar (NPOL), developed by a research team from Wallops Flight Facility, is fully a portable and self-contained S-band research radar. It has an ultra-modern flat panel hexagonal antenna 18 feet (5.5 meters) in diameter. The radar requires no special site preperation and can be set up on a generally flat area anywhere in the world. The system can operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, measuring both rainfall rates and amounts. The polarimetric data can be used to deduce the physical characteristics of hydrometeors within the radar beam.

+EAARL (transferred to USGS)
The EAARL (Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar) is an airborne lidar that provides unprecedented capabilities to survey coral reefs, nearshore benthic habitats, coastal vegetation, and sandy beaches. Note: clicking this link will take you to the EAARL USGS website.



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