Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 2635–2648, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-2635-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 2635–2648, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-2635-2021
Research article
06 Apr 2021
Research article | 06 Apr 2021

A reel-down instrument system for profile measurements of water vapor, temperature, clouds, and aerosol beneath constant-altitude scientific balloons

Lars E. Kalnajs et al.

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This work introduces a novel instrument system for high-resolution atmospheric profiling, which lowers and retracts a suspended instrument package beneath drifting long-duration balloons. During a 100 d circumtropical flight, the instrument collected over a hundred 2 km profiles of temperature, water vapor, clouds, and aerosol at 1 m resolution, yielding unprecedented geographic sampling and vertical resolution measurements of the tropical tropopause layer.