Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement (POAM)

ars_thumbCPI played a key role in NRL's Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement (POAM) program. The POAM II and III solar occultation instruments were highly successful missions, producing a unique twelve-year data setof key trace gases and aerosols in the polar stratosphere. NRL turned to CPI in the early stages of POAM II development to help define key instrument design characteristics and to develop forward modeling and retrieval algorithms from the ground up. From 1991 through 2006 CPI partnered with NRL in the operational algorithm development, data processing, and validation for both POAM instruments, with CPI personnel forming the core of the operational POAM science team responsible for these key activities. In addition, CPI personnel were responsible for the scientific analysis of key POAM products, including stratospheric aerosol data and the polar stratospheric and mesospheric cloud databases.

CPI provided critical support in the following areas:

The NASA POAM data is archived at CPI and can be made available to the scientific community upon request.