Current / Future Campaigns
2013: PIKNMIX-C & CIRCCREX
Location: Prestwick, UK Date: November 2013 Flying hours: 50 Sondes: 68
PIKNMIX-C - Mixture of Met Office projects
CIRCCREX - CIRrus Coupled Cloud-Radiation EXperiment
PIKNMIX is a range of Met Office cloud pyhsics and radiation campaigns including cold air outbreak studies. CIRCCREX aims to understand the link between evolving ice cloud microphysical properties and the resulting radiative signatures of the cirrus, at the macrophysical scale, as seen from a remote sensing platform.
Location: Guam, Western Pacific Date: Jan-Feb Flying hours: 145 Sondes: Nil
CAST - Co-ordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics
The main focus of the programme is to study the chemical and physical properties of the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) and their impacts in controlling the composition of the UTLS (upper troposhpere, lower stratosphere). Specifically the research mission will focus on the Western Pacific Warm Pool region. In addition convective transport of very short and long-lived chemical species will be measured together with tropospheric moist convective dynamic processes in this important but data sparse region.
The research will be delivered in partnership with NASA through collaboration with the NASA Earth Venture ATTREX1 (Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment) mission deploying the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This project will be in support of the NERC programme “Observations and modelling of the tropical tropopause layer”. We will also be working in collaboration with NCAR's CONTRAST (CONvective TRansport of Active Species in the Tropics) campaign using their GV aircraft.
Location: Cranfield, UK Date: April, July & September 2014 Flying hours: 60 Sondes: 20
GAUGE - Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions
The FAAM research aircraft will provide a broad-scale 3-D perspective on the UK inflow and outflow GHG budgets, complementing information from the existing tall tower (DECC) network, high frequency measurements aboard a North Sea ferry, and also linking with existing (GOSAT) and planned (OCO-2) satellite measurements.