Current / Future Campaigns


Location:  Prestwick, Scotland (with possible short trips to Keflavil, Iceland or/and Kiruna, Sweden)    
Date: March 2014    
Flying hours 138    
Sondes: 120

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COSMICS - Cold-air Outbreak and sub-Millimetre Ice Cloud Study

Science Objectives


  1. To evaluate the performance of the ISMAR instrument.
  2. To measure the submillimetre spectral signature of cirrus and clear skies. Other aircraft instruments are required to provide “truth” and provide closure measurements.
  3. To obtain microwave, submillimetre, infrared and visible aircraft data simultaneously with satellite overpasses (e.g. A-train, METOP).
  4. To overfly ground based sites in cirrus conditions and obtain submillimetre and in-situ cirrus measurements.
Cold Air Outbreak
  • To investigate processes controlling the transition between stratiform and cellular cloud structure in cold-air outbreak flows, including:
  • Surface fluxes of heat and moisture
  • Boundary-layer structure and flux profiles
  • Microphysical and precipitation processes, in particular ice formation and growth


Read more: 2015: COSMICS & CIRCCREX

2015: ICE-D

Location: Cape Verde     Date: Aug 2015     Flying Hours: 130     Sondes: tbc

ICE-D:  Ice in Clouds Experiment - Dust

Met Office & EUFAR Campaign 

Studying ice nuclei and radiation



Full campaign details to follow:-

2016: Monsoon

Location: India     Date: May-July 2016     Flying hours: ~90     Sondes: tbc


NERC programme "Drivers of the Variability in the Indian Monsoon"
involves 3 separate Consortium bids, each of which involve both UK and Indian partners.
1.  SWAAMI: South West Asian Aerosol Monsoon Interactions. 
PIs - Coe and Babu
SWAAMI will contribute to the NERC/MoES joint programme “Variability in the Indian Monsoon” by combining an intensive and extensive study of aerosol properties and their effect on the energy budget and use these to improve knowledge of the influence of aerosols on the Indian Monsoon.
Key Objectives:
KO1: Assess the impact of mineral dust, black carbon aerosol and co-emitted organic and inorganic species on the radiation budget via the direct, semi-direct and indirect effects
KO2: Assess the impact of the aerosol radiative forcing on the local energy budget, atmospheric dynamics and hydrological cycle over India
KO3: Assess the impact of the forcings and feedbacks arising from aerosols over Indian region on regional and global climate


2.  INCOMPASS: Interaction of Convective Organisation and Monsoon Precipitation, Atmosphere, Surface and Sea.
PIs - Turner and Bhat
The main objective is to improve predictions of monsoon rainfall on a variety of space/time scales by better understanding and representing the dynamics and thermodynamics of the monsoon as air advances from the moisture source region of the Indian Ocean over the land surface, being modulated by convection operating at different scales along the way.
We will deliver outputs including a synthesised collection of existing and new surface and atmospheric data, an improved land-surface representation for India and better understanding of surface-boundary layer convection-cloud microphysics interactions in the monsoon. This understanding will feed into improved UK and India capability for predicting monsoon rainfall.


3.  BoBBLE - Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment. 
PIs - Matthews and Vinayachandran
The prime aim of this project is to understand the coupled ocean-atmosphere processes over the Bay of Bengal during different phases of the summer monsoon. This will be achieved by analysing critical new measurements, evaluation of long-term estimates of air-sea exchange and ocean storage, and investigation of processes and data assimilation in models.


Full campaign details to follow:-


  • Detachment Manager - Mo Smith, FAAM
  • Logistics - tbc, FAAM
  • Project Pilot - Finbarre Brennan, Project Ops - David Simpson, DFL
  • PIs - Hugh Coe, University of Manchester; Andy Turner, University of Reading; Adrian Matthews, University of East Anglia


More Articles...

  1. 2016: CLARIFY