GRIP Barbados/Cape Verde RadiosondeEntry ID: gripradio
Abstract: The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment was a NASA Earth science field experiment conducted 5 August – 30 September 2010 to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. NASA used the DC-8 aircraft and the Global Hawk Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) configured with a suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments that were used to observe ... and characterize the life cycle of hurricanes. This campaign also capitalized on a number of ground networks and space-based assets, in addition to the instruments deployed on aircraft from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (DC-8) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, California (Global Hawk).
The GRIP Barbados/Cape Verde radiosonde data set consists of generally two soundings per day (06Z and 12Z) launched from Barbados, and one sounding per day (12Z) launched from Cape Verde. These radiosondes measure the profile of atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, from the ground to an altitude of up to 40 km (in general, the sondes reached at least a pressure of 100 millibars). The launch program began on 14 August, 2010 and ended 24 September, 2010. The sondes used were type DFM-06, built by GRAW Radiosondes, Nuremberg Germany. Most ascents were done with TOTEX 200-g latex balloons using the DMF-06 sondes. A few launches were made using TOTEX 800-g Balloons with the DFM-97 package (connected with ECC ozonesonde). On some days launch times were changed, and multiple launches were made from Barbados on September 9, 10 and 21. The data were retrieved using a GRAWMET GS-E ground station. The sample rate of the data was 4 seconds for the Barbados data and 2 seconds for the Cape Verde data.
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Start Date: 2010-08-14Stop Date: 2010-09-25
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