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1 An observing system for atmospheric boundary layer monitoring at Concordia station, Antarctica S. Argentini ISAC-CNR Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, Roma, Italy

2 In recent years the interest in the interaction of the atmosphere with the ice sheets of Antarctica through surface and boundary layer processes is increased. Cooling of the ice surface during the Antarctic winter drives the katabatic winds that are a major feature of Antarctic climate. Sublimation and wind-borne transport of snow can make significant contributions to the local or regional surface mass balance and so can influence the dynamics of the ice sheets. An observing system is needed especially over the Antarctic plateau where long time series of measurements are not available. An observing system for atmospheric ABL parameters was set at Concordia station at Dome C during the first 2005 winter over. An improved set of instrumentation will work during the campaign RATIONALE FOR ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY LAYER OBSERVATIONS AT DOME C, ANTARCTICA

3 Scientific objectives of STABLEDC (Study of Stable Boundary Layer Environmental at Dome) General objective : Study of the processes occurring in PBL Specific objectives:  Monitoring of atmospheric parameters  Energy and radiation budget  Parameterization of the long - lived stable boundary layer  Summer weak convective boundary layer observations  Behaviour of the temperature inversion during the year  Periodicity, occurrence of the warming events during the winter  Interaction between local and large scale circulation  Contribute to atmospheric site testing for astronomy at Dome C

4 EXPERIMENTAL SITE Concordia Station The experimental site was located 1000 m south of the base upwind to the prevailing wind direction to avoid disturbances in measurements.

5 SURFACE LAYER METEOROLOGICAL MEASUREMENTS 1.25 m Temperature 2.5 m, 5 m, 10 m Temperature - Wind Speed - Relative Humidity 12 m Net Radiometer 13 m Wind Direction Surface Layer Profiles (Wind, Temperature, Humidity) Surface Layer Fluxes (Heat and Momentum) using GRADIENT METHOD METEO TOWER measurements

6 3 m- mast Sonic thermo- anemometer mod. USA - 1 (Metek GmbH) Sampling frequency 10 Hz EDDY CORRELATION METHOD Turbulent Fluxes (Heat, Momentum) Turbulent Kinetic Energy Sonic anemometer measurements Wind components : u, v, w Sonic Temperature ( sort of virtual temperature) SURFACE LAYER TURBULENCE MEASUREMENTS

7 Radiometer measurements - Incoming and outgoing shortwave radiation - Incoming and outgoing longwave radiation Two pyrgeometers (CG3 ) upward and downward longwave radiation (spectral range 5-50 μm) RADIATION MEASUREMENTS Albedo Surface Radiation Budget Radiometer mod.CNR-1 (Kipp and Zonen) Two pyranometers (CM3) upward and downward shortwave radiation (spectral range nm)

8 HEAT FLUX PLATES MEASUREMENTS Sub-surface energy fluxes THERMOMETERS Snow temperature profiles Conventional HFP01 heat flux plates at depth of 0, 5, 15, 30, 50 cm TEMPERATURE AND GROUND FLUX MEASUREMENTS

9 MPT-5P measurements Temperature at 18 heights Development and break down of atmospheric inversions MTP– 5P (ATTEX and Kipp&Zonen) GROUND BASED REMOTE SENSING 1- MICROWAVE TEMPERATURE PROFILER (MTP-5P) SPECIFICATIONS: Altitude0 –600 m Altitude resolution 0 – 50 m  10m 50 –100 m  25m >100m  50m Measurement cycle600 sec Accuracy of temperature profile  0.5 o C Central measurement frequency60.4 GHz

10 Triaxial monostatic Doppler mini-sodar SODAR measurements -Thermal structure of the ABL -Boundary layer depth - High resolution horizontal and vertical velocity profile) GROUND BASED REMOTE SENSING 2- SODAR (Sound Detection and Ranging) SPECIFICATIONS: Range m Resolution 13 m Acoustic tones frequencies : 2000 – 2500 – 3000 Hz

11 Radiometer mod.CNR-1 (Kipp & Zonen) with two pyranometers (CM3) up and down two pyrgeometers (CG3 ) up and down Radiative budget: - Incoming and outgoing shortwave and longwave radiation. -Net Radiation -Albedo Conventional HFP01 heat flux plates 0, 5, 15, 30, 50 cm Sub-surface energy fluxes Snow temperature profiles: -Snow heat fluxes A sonic anemo-thermometer mod. USA - 1 (Metek) and a fast response LICOR lyman-alpha-hygrometer (only summer ) Energy budget: -Turbulent Fluxes (Heat, Latent, Momentum) 13-m Tower : thermometers, hygrometers and wind probes at 1.25, 2.5, 5, 10 and 13 m Surface layer profiles of mean variables A triaxial Doppler mini-sodar Range m, Resolution 13 m PBL : -Thermal structure of the ABL, Boundary layer depth, wind speed Micro-lidar 532 nm wavelenght, Range 300 m PBL : -Aerosols content; - Aerosol phase (liquid water or ice cristal), - Particles size Passive Microwave radiometer by Kipp & Zonen. Range m PBL : - Temperature, Development and break down of atmospheric inversions RadiosoundingsPBL+TROPHOSPHERE: - Temperature, - Pressure, -Wind speed SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE DATA

12 How to use these measurements to study the behaviour of the atmospheric boundary layer

13 TEMPERATURE BEHAVIOUR DURING 2005 WINTER SUMMER Clear seasonal cycle characterized by the coreless winter. The temperature reaches -20 °C, during the short summer and drops down to -70 °C during the long coreless winter. Weekly average Warming events of different durations occur during winter S. Argentini, I. Pietroni, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, I. Petenko, Meteorological Parameters and Energy Fluxes at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau (submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research July 2011)

14 WIND SPEED BEHAVIOUR DURING % of cases from the sector 150 ° ° with the highest winds observed. The highest wind velocities observed during the winter warming events and in the months of March and October. S. Argentini, I. Pietroni, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, I. Petenko, Meteorological Parameters and Energy Fluxes at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau (submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research July 2011)

15 SENSIBLE HEAT FLUX BEHAVIOUR DURING 2005 Positive values occurred only in the full summer (the months of December and January). The lowest values for the sensible heat flux are observed at the end ofJune/beginning of July. The sensible heat flux is mostly negative. S. Argentini, I. Pietroni, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, I. Petenko, Meteorological Parameters and Energy Fluxes at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau (submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research July 2011)

16 Summer :Jan + Feb Autumn : Feb + Apr Winter : Apr to Oct Spring : Mid-Sept to Mid-Nov Summer : Mid-Nov to End Dec RADIATIVE BUDGET DURING 2005 S. Argentini, I. Pietroni, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, I. Petenko, Meteorological Parameters and Energy Fluxes at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau. (submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research July 2011)

17 PBL atmospheric structure

18 Stratified flows in the atmospheric boundary layer, depending on the stability, can be classified into three characteristic regimes: The mixed layers which are convectively driven, unstable turbulent flows Stable boundary layers that often accompanied by weak and sporadic turbulence Statically neutral flows These ABL flows show greatly different turbulence structure and transport processes

19 Despite the small amount of sensible heat available at the snow/ice surface (Mastrantonio et al., 1999, Georgiadis et al., 2002), a weak but distinct convective activity, together with the inversion capping the mixed layer, can be clearly detected in the facsimile records. These structures are observed only during the austral summer. Mastrantonio G., V. Malvestuto, S. Argentini, T. Georgiadis, A. Viola, 1999; Evidence of a convective boundary layer developing on the Antarctic plateau during the summer. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys. 71, Georgiadis T., S. Argentini, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, R. Sozzi, 2002; Boundary Layer convective-like activity at Dome Concordia, Antarctica. "Il Nuovo Cimento" vol. 25 C, N.4 pag Convective Boundary Layer observed during the summer at Dome C

20 Ground based inversion Convection Capping inversion Convective coherent structures delimited by a capping inversion start to be present at 0900 LST in the morning. The capping inversion reaches the maximum height around 1300 LST. Sodar facsimile records during 30 December, 1999

21 The mixed layer height h (or mixing height) is generally estimated from radio soundings or tethersonde vertical profiles as the height of the temperature inversion or modelled using diagnostic or prognostic models. Moreover, h can be estimated directly from the sodar echogram as the height of the intense echo layer capping the convection if it is within the range of the sodar measurements. ESTIMATE OF MIXED LAYER HEIGHT Argentini S., A. Viola, A. Sempreviva, I. Petenko, 2005; Summer PBL height at the plateau site of Dome C, Antarctica. Boundary Layer Meteorology. Vol. 115 Number 3,

22 Determination of inversion height using SODAR data The inversion height was estimated looking for the maxima in the backscattered echo signal profiles. The harmonic analysis of the signal (not shown in this graph), carried out to prove the existence of convective activity, showed the vertical velocity field pattern, typical of convection up to 100 m, with upward velocities reaching 1 m s -1.

23 Mean daily mixed layer height, estimated from sodar data during the summer field experiment.

24 PBL height behaviour (a) and net radiation (b) during the period 23 December 1999 – 2 February The solid line indicates the polynomial second order fitting to the experimental data.

25 Pietroni I., S. Argentini, I. Petenko, Measurements and parametrizations of the atmospheric boundary layer height at Dome C, Antarctica (Submitted to Boundary Layer Meteorology) COMPARISON BETWEEN MIXED LAYER HEIGHT ESTIMATED FROM SODAR DATA AND MTP– 5P The mixed layer height was determined applying the advanced parcel method (Holzworth, 1972; Holtslag et al.,1990) to the MTP- 5P data. Considering the error attributed to sodar determination of mixed layer height, a substantial agreement can be noted throughout the day. 27 January 2005 Maximum reached at 1400 SLT

26 Considering the entire observation period the following parameters was found: R= 0.80 RMSE= 41 m mean difference = 14 m Pietroni I., S. Argentini, I. Petenko, Measurements and parametrizations of the atmospheric boundary layer height at Dome C, Antarctica (Submitted to Boundary Layer Meteorology) In January and February the mixed layer height ranges between 30 and 350 m.

27 PBL DURING THE WINTER AT DOME C

28 Stable Boundary Layer observed during the winter Wind shear absent SIGNAL IF PRESENT BELOW THE FIRST RANGE GATE

29 Higher resolution needed in the near proximity of the ground and the very narrow layer of interest (about 150 m) suggests the use of high acoustic frequencies. In order to monitor the winter as well the summer boundary layer structure we plan to develop a new high resolution mini-Sodar system which can work in two modes: - very high resolution (resolution 2.5 meters – first range gate 5 m – maximum range 150 m) during the winter - high resolution (resolution 5meters – first range gate 10 m – maximum range 300 m) during the summer This system will be used in a configuration which will use 3 emitting antennas and one receiving antenna in order to increase the signal to noise ratio. The new mini-sodar has been done in a way to minimize all the hardware parts which at low temperature are those which give the major problems.

30 Colour zone graphic of potential temperature gradient The strongest temperature gradients Occur below 50 m. SUMMER WINTER

31 WARMING EVENTS OBSERVED DURING THE WINTER

32 Argentini S., I. V. Petenko, G. Mastrantonio, V. A. Bezverkhnii, and A. P. Viola, 2001; Spectral characteristics of East Antarctica Meteorological Parameters during J. Geophysical Research, Vol. 106, N° D12, p

33 TYPICAL TEMPERATURE PROFILES IN THE PBL

34 Boundary Layer temperature profiles

35 Pubblications

36 Argentini S., I. V. Petenko, G. Mastrantonio, V. A. Bezverkhnii, and A. P. Viola, 2001; Spectral characteristics of East Antarctica Meteorological Parameters during J. of Geophysical Research, Vol. 106, N° D12, p Naithani J., G. Mastrantonio, S. Argentini, P. Pettré, 2001; Influence of cyclonic perturbations on surface winds around Dumont d’ Urville, East Antarctica. J. of Geophysical Research Vol. 106, N° D15, p Argentini S., A. Viola, A. Sempreviva, I. Petenko, 2005; Summer PBL height at the plateau site of Dome C, Antarctica. Boundary Layer Meteorology. Vol. 115 Number 3, King J.C., Argentini S., P. Anderson, Contrasts between the summertime surface energy balance and boundary layer structure at Dome C and Halley stations, Antarctica. J. of Geophysical Research Vol. 3 D Genthon C., D. Six, V. Favier, S. Argentini. A. Pellegrini, 2010, Meteorological Atmospheric Boundary Layer Meteorological Measurements and ECMWF analeses during summer at Dome C, Antarctica, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 115, D05104, 12 PP., 2010 doi: /2009JD Argentini S. and I. Pietroni, 2010, An Integrated Observing System for Boundary Layer Monitoring at Concordia Station, Antarctica. Chapter book of "Integrated Ground-Based Observing Systems - Applications for Climate, Meteorology, and Civil Protection", Cimini, Marzano, and Visconti Eds., Springer, ISBN , DOI: / , Petenko I., G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, S. Argentini, L. Coniglio, P. Monti, G. Leuzzi, 2011 Local circulation diurnal patterns and their relationship with large-scale flows in a coastal area of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Submitted to Boundary Layer Meteorology 139, Issue 2, pag Argentini S. and I. Pietroni. Atmospheric Observations at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau, one of the coldest place in the world. Chapter of the book “ ANTARCTICA : THE MOST INTERACTIVE ICE-AIR-OCEAN ENVIRONMENT”. Jaswant Singh, H. N. Dutta Eds. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: , 2011 Argentini, S., G. Mastrantonio, I.Petenko, I. Pietroni, A.Viola, 2011 A high resolution sodar for the study of turbulent structures in the surface layer. Submitted to Boundary Layer Meteorology (accepted in press). Argentini S., I. Pietroni, G. Mastrantonio, A. Viola, G. Dargaud, I. Petenko, Meteorological Parameters and Energy Fluxes at Dome C, Antarctic Plateau. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res (accepted under revision). Pietroni I., S. Argentini, I. Petenko, Measurements and parameterization of the atmospheric boundary layer height at Dome C, Antarctica. Submitted to Boundary Layer Meteorology (accepted in press).


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