First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE) Cirrus Phase II National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Sabreliner Aircraft DataEntry ID: FIRE_CI2_SABRELINER
Abstract: The First ISCCP Regional Experiments have been designed to improve data products and cloud/radiation parameterizations used in general circulation models (GCMs). Specifically, the goals of FIRE are (1) to seek the basic understanding of the interaction of physical processes in determining life cycles of cirrus and marine stratocumulus systems and the radiative properties of these clouds during ... their life cycles and (2) to investigate the interrelationships between ISCCP data, GCM parameterizations, and higher space and time resolution cloud data.
To-date, four intensive field-observation periods were planned and executed: a cirrus IFO (October 13 - November 2, 1986); a marine stratocumulus IFO off the southwestern coast of California (June 29 - July 20, 1987); a second cirrus IFO in southeastern Kansas (November 13 - December 7, 1991); and a second marine stratocumulus IFO in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean (June 1 - June 28, 1992). Each mission combined coordinated satellite, airborne, and surface observations with modeling studies to investigate the cloud properties and physical processes of the cloud systems.
Cirrus IFO-II was conducted from November 9 to December 8, 1991 in Coffeyville, Kansas. The NCAR Sabreliner aircraft measured radiation and microphysical properties of the cloud layers, in addition to temperature, moisture, and air motions.
Start Date: 1991-11-17Stop Date: 1991-12-07
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > UPPER LEVEL WINDS
ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD MICROPHYSICS > CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE
ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD TYPES
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > SOLAR IRRADIANCE
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Cox, et al., 1987. "FIRE - The First ISCCP Regional Experiment," Bull.
Amer. Meteor. Soc., 68, 114-118.
Starr, D.O'C., 1987. "A Cirrus-Cloud Experiment: Intensive Field
Observations Planned for FIRE," Bull. Am. Met. Soc., 68, 119-124.
Sorlie, S., February 1993. "Langley DAAC Handbook." NASA Langley
Research Center, Hampton, Virginia.
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