Clouds, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes-Phillipines Experiment

The CAMP2Ex (Clouds, Aerosol and Monsoon Processes-Philippines Experiment) and PISTON (Propagation of Intra-Seasonal Tropical Oscillations) are two field studies conducted in the Southeast Asian region. While each study has its own set of science objectives, there are common and complementary science goals and instrument payloads between these two projects. Consequently, a synergistic partnership was established at the very beginning of the projects and a coordinated sampling strategy was developed to extend spatial coverage and obtain temporal context information, which benefits the analysis of both data sets for achieving the science objectives.

The CAMP2Ex was a NASA-funded field study with three main science objectives: aerosol effect on cloud microphysical and optical properties, aerosol and cloud influence on radiation as well as radiative feedback, and meteorology related effects on aerosol distribution and aerosol-cloud interactions. Research on these topics requires a comprehensive characterization of aerosol, cloud, and precipitation properties, as well as the associated meteorological and radiative parameters. Trace gas measurements are also needed for airmass type analysis to characterize the role of anthropogenic and natural aerosols. These CAMP2Ex observations were delivered by NASA P-3B aircraft and SPEC Learjet 35A. The sampling strategy designed for CAMP2Ex allowed for coordinated flights for both aircraft to maximize the science return. The P-3B was used primarily to conduct remote sensing measurements of cloud and precipitation structure and aerosol layers and vertical profiles of aerosol and atmospheric state variable, while the Learjet flew below the P-3B to obtain the detailed cloud microphysical properties. During the 2019 field deployment (August 20-October 10), the P-3B conducted 19 science flights and the SPEC Learjet conducted 11 flights in the vicinity of the Philippines. Three NASA P3B and 7 SPEC Lear 35A flights were also flown in coordination with PISTON shipboard measurements. Ground-based aerosol observations were also recorded in 2018 and 2019. CAMP2Ex was completed in partnership with Philippine research and operational weather communities. Measurements completed during CAMP2EX provide a 4-D observational view of the environment of the Philippines and its neighboring waters in terms of microphysical, hydrological, dynamical, thermodynamical, and radiative properties of the environment. The data target the environment of shallow cumulus and cumulus congestus clouds.

The PISTON field campaign, sponsored by Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, completed two shipboard cruises in the western Pacific north of Palau from early August to mid-October 2018 and again in September 2019. There were two research vessels involved in PISTON: R/V Thomas G. Thompson in 2018 and R/V Sally Ride in 2019. The second cruise coincided with the CAMP2Ex airborne deployment. The overarching PISTON science objective is to gain understanding and enhance the prediction capability of multi-scale tropical convection and air-sea interaction in this region. PISTON targeted the Boreal Summer Intraseasonal Oscillation (BSISO), which defines the northward and eastward movement of convection associated with equatorial waves, the MJO, tropical cyclones, and the Maritime Continent monsoon during northern-hemispheric (boreal) summertime. For characterization of clouds and precipitation, the PISTON shipboard instrument payload includes a scanning C-band dual-polarization Doppler radar, a vertically-pointing Doppler W-band radar, and multiple vertically- and horizontally-scanning lidars. Radiosondes were launched for atmospheric profiling. Instruments were also deployed on the ship and towed from the ship to document surface meteorological conditions, air-sea fluxes, and upper-ocean variability. Two specialized moorings were deployed north of Palau from August 2018 to Oct 2019 to document a time series of ocean characteristics beneath typhoons and other tropical weather disturbances. Profiling ocean floats were also deployed ahead of typhoons in 2018. A forecast team analyzed and predicted conditions of the weather and ocean throughout the PISTON experiment, which were archived for future modeling and observational analysis studies.

DOI: 10.5067/Suborbital/CAMP2EX2018/DATA001

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