The MIPS2 is a mobile profiling system with several components
1. Radian: (915 MHz 5-beam Doppler profiling radar) collects
Doppler spectra, calculates the spectrum moments, ... determines
wind profiles at 1-60 min intervals, acquires,
vertically-pointing data at 40-60 times resolution and 60, 105,
or 210 m vertical resolution.
2. Radian: (2 kHz Doppler sodar) determines wind profiles w and
backscatter power at 20 s time resolution and 25 m vertical
3. Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS): using the sodar as the
acoustic source, the profile of T can be determined fro ~120 m
to 0.5-1.5 km AGL, dependent on water vapor content, wind speed
4. Vailalla: (0.906 um lidar ceilometer) determines cloud base
and provides a good estimate of the lidar backscatter (or
extinction coefficient) from aerosols, clouds, and
5. Radiometrics: (12 channel microwave radiometer) measures
profiles of T, water vapor, cloud water, and column integrated
values of water vapor and cloud water, at 10 min intervals up to
10 km, with highest vertical resolution oat low levels. This
system also includes an infrared pyranometer, which measures
cloud base temperature.
6. Zenith cloud imaging system: This will consist of an upward
directed computer controlled, digital camera system that will
provide visible images of the sky at user-selected levels.
7. Surface Instrumentation: T, relative humidity, wind,
pressure, solar radiation, and rainfall rate, all at 1-s
resolution, An improved aspiration system designed for rainy
high wind conditions has been designed for accurate measurements
of T and RH.
More info at
[Source: MIPS report]