Atmospheric Boundary Layer Experiments
Intensive Operations Period Questionnaire

The following questionnaire is designed to collect information critical to the operational support, safety, and data requirements for your participation at the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Experiments (ABLE) facility. Unplanned or unrealistic expectation of the ABLE Site Scientist, or a lack of awareness of the very stringent safety requirements at the ABLE facility could keep you from participating. The mandatory questionnaire has been designated to prevent this problem from occurring. Your cooperation will help us accomplish early planning, avoid unpleasant surprises, and begin an education process that is essential for first-time ABLE site visitors.

The acceptance of this plan by the ABLE Project Office implies that the Project Office is prepared to support the field deployment according to the plan. You should be aware that each instrument system to be deployed on the ABLE land will be inspected prior to acceptance at the site to assure that is meets the safety criteria imposed upon the Site Scientist.

Thanks for your assistance in planning.


1) Principle Investigator:
First Name:

Last Name:

2) Institution:

3) Instrument (include brief physical description and explain

4) Brief statement of work including objectives, approach, and
requisite atmospheric conditions:


5) Date of arrival at ABLE:

6) Dates of operation:

7) Hours of operation:

8) Date of departure:

9) Names of personnel who will be working at the site:

10) Requested instrument location (Surface Flux site, Remote
Sensing Site, or Central Site):

NOTE: After we receive your response, the ABLE Site Scientist or designee
will contact you to discuss the elements of support you may require. We want
to be helpful, but can only provide support within the limits available to us.
Some elements of support may be difficult or present particular problems. There
may be alternative solutions available. The Site Scientist or designee will explore
these with you to determine the best solution.

11) Site Support:

11-a. Will you request assistance of the ABLE Site Scientist
during deployment or operations?

If yes:

(1) Estimate the number of man-hours requested:

(2) Will the Site Scientist require special training (if yes, explain)?

(3) Is an operating procedure available for ABLE evaluation and use
(if yes, please provide us a copy; if no, when will an operating
procedure be available)?

11-b. Will you need assistance with on-site delivery or unloading,
e.g., access to a forklift, etc.?

11-c. Will you need transportation between sites (if yes, explain)?

11-d. Will you need on-site communications?

(1) Voice?

(2) Data?

12) Facility Requests:

12-a. Dimensions of instrument, equipment and shelter:

12-b. Additional space required for access, support facilities,
vehicles, etc.:

12-c. Requests for the setting, e.g., grade, vegetation, concrete
support pad, etc.:

12-d. Access requirements (vehicle or pedestrian, frequency):

12-e. Shelter request for instrument, equipment, personnel :

13) Equipment Requested:

13-a. Routine tools:

13-b. Special tools:

13-c. Electronic parts:

13-d. Diagnostic or test equipment:

13-e. Simple hardware:

13-f. Simple building material:

13-g. Laboratory material:

13-h. Other:

14) Expendables Requested:

14-a. Specialty gases:

14-b. Solvents:

14-c. Reagents:

14-d. Cleaning materials:

14-e. Balloons:

14-f. Stationery supplies:

14-g. Other:

15) Utilities Requested:

15-a. Power:
Source & number of circuits?

Voltage & total amperage?

Single- or 3-phase?

15-b. Water:

15-c. Sewage & waste disposal:

16) Interference and susceptibility to interference (include information
on power output and frequency):

16-a. Electronic:

16-b. Electromagnetic:

16-c. Acoustic:

17) Safety Issues:

17-a. Does this equipment emit microwave radiation?

(1) What is the output power?

(2) Restricted safety area:

17-b. Does this equipment emit acoustic energy?

(1) Frequency range:

(2) dB at 5 feet from source:

(3) Direction of maximum acoustic energy:

17-c. Does this equipment emit laser energy?

(1) Class:

(2) Laser power:

(3) Is the laser eye-safe?

(4) What purpose does it perform?

(5) Will a restrictred area be required?

17-d. Hazardous materials used, e.g., toxic materials, compressed
gases, cryogens, etc. (Material Safety Data Sheets are required):

(1) Quantity to be stored at the site:

(2) How will hazardous materials be stored?

(3) How will material be installed into the equipment?

(4) How will excess material be disposed?

17-e (1). Specify the waste generated by the operation of the equipment:
Type of waste:

(2) Quantity of waste:

(3) Form of hazardous waste:

(4) Plan for disposal of waste:

17-f. Will work be performed at an elevated area or confined space?

(1) How will work are be accessed?

(2) Height of the fall potential:

(3) Plan for fall protection (handrails, safety harness and SOP for their

17-g. Will safety equipment be properly maintained and deployed
(yes, no, or n/a)?

(1) Fire Extinguishers:

(2) Signs denoting:
(a) Hearing hazard:

(b) Microwave radiation:

(c) Restricted area:

(d) Hazardous materials:

(e) Safety glasses required:

(f) High voltage or energized electrical equipment:

(g) Tripping hazards:

(h) Other identified hazards:

17-h. Are there any other known safety issues and/or requirements?

18) Do you have weather support requirements?

18-a. Weather forecast support for operations:

(1) List specific cloud, precipitation, etc. conditions that must be
known in order to make operational decisions or that could favorably
or adversly impact your experiment:

(2) What is the desired forecast lead time for each of the conditions
listed above (1)?

18-b. Weather warning support requirements:

(1) List specific conditions that could cause safety hazards for your
operations, e.g., lightning, high winds, etc.:

(2) Desired weather warning lead time:

19) If you have any other support requirements that have not been
addressed by questions 1-19, please explain them here:


20) List the atmospheric data that you will release to ABLE and the
estimated availability date (months after IOP) for each of these data:

21) For each of the data types that you listed in item 20, please provide
information on the following data attributes, as applicable:

21-a. Units:

21-b. Accuracy (proximity to true value):

21-c. Precision (repeatability, reciprocal of sample variance):

21-d. Range of acceptable values:

21-e. Temporal resolution (temporal representativeness of

21-f. Temporal reporting interval (time interval between
successive observations):

21-g. Vertical resolution:

21-h. Vertical range:

21-i. Vertical coordinate (meters above mean sea level,
millibars, etc.):

21-j. Horizontal resolution:

21-k. Horizontal range:

21-l. Horizontal coordinate:

21-m. Angular resolution:

21-n. Angular spacing:

21-o. Spectral resolution:

21-p. Spectral range:

22) What data format do you plan to use?

23) Provide an estimate of the data volume, itemized by observation:


24) List the in situ quantities you require for comparison with your
instrument data:

25) List the additional in situ quantities you require (see NOTE

26) List the remotely sensed quantities you require for comparison
with your instrument data:

27) List the additional remotely sensed quantities you require (see
NOTE below):

NOTE: These additional quantities might be needed to diagnose discrepancies
between remote sensor and in situ observations, or to calibrate/tune algorithms
used to derive data streams from remote sensor output.