September 16, 2005
Sandia National Laboratories
This week, a team of more than 25 international cloud climate scientists are conducting a three-day operations and planning simulation at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, to prepare for a complex experiment that will result in the most detailed data sets ever collected for tropical convection.
This map depicts key sites in northern Australia where the Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment will take place in January 2006. Pirlangimpi, for example, is one of five surface sites from which radiosondes (weather balloons) will be launched every three hours during the experiment. The radiosonde sites are arranged in a 150 km ring around the central experiment location in Darwin, where the DOE’s ARM Program operates a permanent research facility.
Credit: Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Summertime in northern Australia means monsoon storms -- and plenty of them. Tall, turbulent clouds associated with these storm systems form rapidly, release their energy in the form of rain, then tail away, leaving in their wake a surplus of moisture to feed the next system. This lifecycle--the formation of tropical convective clouds, their outflow into cirrus clouds, and eventual dissipation into water vapor--is a key component of tropical climate. However, the cloud properties and the extent of their impact on the environment are not well understood or well represented in computer models that are used to simulate climate change.
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