NAMMA DC-8 Dropsonde
Entry ID: namdrop

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Summary
Abstract: The NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (NAMMA)
campaign is a field research investigation sponsored by the Science
Mission Directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA). This mission was based in the Cape Verde Islands, 350 miles off
the coast of Senegal in west Africa. Commencing in August 2006, NASA
scientists employed surface observation networks and aircraft to
characterize the evolution and structure of African Easterly Waves
(AEWs) and Mesoscale Convective Systems over continental western Africa,
and their associated impacts on regional water and energy budgets. NASA
will also made extensive use of its orbiting satellites (including Aqua,
TRMM, and the recently-launched Cloudsat/CALIPSO) and modeling
capabilities to improve its forecasts and flight plans.

The DC-8 dropsonde system uses an integrated, highly accurate,
GPS-located atmospheric profiling dropsonde, which measures and records
current atmospheric conditions in a vertical column below the aircraft.
The dropsonde instrument is ejected from a tube in the underside of the
DC8 aircraft. As the dropsonde floats to the surface on a parachute, it
continuously measures and transmits via a 400 MHz meteorological band
telemetry link, pressure, temperature and relative humidity, as well as
GPS-based wind formation data, to the receiving system onboard the
aircraft.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 30.0 S: -5.0  E: 10.0  W: -50.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-08-07
Stop Date: 2006-09-12


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CAPE VERDE
CONTINENT > AFRICA


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
NASA DC-8 >NASA Douglas DC-8    [Information]


Instrument
DC8 DROPSONDES    [Information]
DROPSONDES    [Information]


Project
EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
NAMMA >NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses Campaign    [Information]
CWIC >CEOS WGISS Integrated Catalog    [Information]


Access Constraints
none


Use Constraints
none


Keywords
EOSDIS


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Global Hydrology Resource Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/
Dataset ID: namdrop

Data Center Personnel
Name: SHERRY HARRISON
Phone: 256-961-7973
Email: ghrcdaac at itsc.uah.edu
Contact Address:
320 Sparkman Dr.
City: Huntsville
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: FTP
Distribution_Size: 52.32Mb
Distribution_Format: ASCII EOL
Fees: none


Personnel
GERRY HEYMSFIELD
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 301-614-6369
Email: gerald.m.heymsfield at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
Greenbelt Road
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20770
Country: USA


THOMAS NORTHAM
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: northam at osb.wff.nasa.gov


SHERRY HARRISON
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 256-961-7973
Email: ghrcdaac at itsc.uah.edu
Contact Address:
320 Sparkman Dr.
City: Huntsville
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-04-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-02

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