Current / Future Campaigns

2014: GAUGE

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.

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2014: STICCS / PIKNMIX-D / CIRCCREX

Location: Prestwick, UK     Date: November 2014     Flying hours: 70     Sondes: 68 

 

STICCS - Submillimetre Trial In Cirrus and Clear Skies
CIRCCREX - CIRrus Cloud-Coupled Radiation EXperiment
PIKNMIX-D - Prestwick-based MIX of cloud physics sorties

 

Science Objectives

STICCS
• To evaluate the performance of the ISMAR instrument.
• To measure the submillimetre spectral signature of cirrus and clear skies. Other aircraft instruments are required to provide “truth” and provide closure measurements.
• To obtain microwave, submillimetre, infrared and visible aircraft data simultaneously with satellite overpasses (e.g. A-train, METOP).
• To overfly ground based sites (Chilbolton radar) in cirrus conditions and obtain submillimetre and in-situ cirrus measurements.

 

PIKNMIX-C
• To obtain microphysical and dynamical measurements in a variety of cloud regimes including cold air outbreaks, cirrus and mid-level mixed phase clouds.
• Flights in combination with the operational weather radar at Stornaway & Aberdeen
• Potential intercomparison flight with MOCCA.
• Cold air outbreak up towards Iceland (potential overnight if hangar available)
• Spiral descent in Cirrus

 

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2015: COSMICS & CIRCCREX

Location:  Goose Bay, Canada     Date: March 2014     Flying hours 138     Sondes: 120

 

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

Science Objectives

  ISMAR

  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

 

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