Articles | Volume 13
30 Mar 2016
 | 30 Mar 2016

Flux measurements by the NRC Twin Otter atmospheric research aircraft: 1987–2011

Raymond L. Desjardins, Devon E. Worth, J. Ian MacPherson, Matthew Bastian, and Ramesh Srinivasan

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For 30 years, a Canadian research team has used an atmospheric research aircraft in measurement campaigns to improve our understanding of the controls on land-surface fluxes. The vertical flux of sensible and latent heat, momentum, and several trace gases were measured, along with supporting data. We document the data collected from 1987 to 2011, provide technical details of the measurement campaigns, present interesting results, and describe our approach to make the data publicly accessible.