To get a better understanding of severe weather, tropical cyclones, winter weather, or the boundary layer interactions, sampling high temporal measurements of the atmospheric thermodynamic state and wind profiles is needed. MIPS is packed with 4 main instruments and a 10-m surface station that is designed to gather theses high temporal measurements.
The MIPS system is a unique system that consists of a Cheverlet ambulance and a flatbed trailer that has the instruments mounted to it. Both the trailer and truck are outfitted with hydraulic leveling jacks. Inside, MIPS is equipt with 5 computers (3 Linux machines, 1 Windows, and 1 mac), 9 computer screens, and can seat up to 3-4 people comfortably. Orignally designed in the late 1990's, the MIPS system has undergone many transformations to become what it is now. Click here to see how MIPS has changed over time!
MIPS is typically operated by 2-3 personnel and is accompanied by a weather balloon sounding system. If clutter panels aren't mounted to the 915, MIPS can be operational in 20 minutes. The majority of the time, MIPS is operational 24/7 in the UAH SWIRLL Berm site with live data published to the real-time data website.
Explore each link below to see each instrument that is on MIPS, how it works, and what data it gathers: