First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE) Cirrus Phase II NCAR Kingair Aircraft 2D Probe Data
Entry ID: FIRE_CI2_KINGAIR_2D

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Summary
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.

The PMS 2D-C and 2D-P probes illuminate a linear array of photodiodes with a He-Ne laser. As a particle passes through this focused beam, a shadow image is cast on the diodes and a count of the total number of occulted diodes represents the particle size.

The data are organized on a single flight basis, for both the King Air and the Sabreliner. Relevant portions of the header from the raw binary files are included. Each data file contains processed concentration data based on habit type and area ratio.

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Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Access FIRE data and information.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 41.0 S: 36.0  E: -105.0  W: -104.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1991-11-09
Stop Date: 1991-12-06


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > MID-LATITUDE
VERTICAL LOCATION > BOUNDARY LAYER
VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD DROPLET CONCENTRATION/SIZE >PARTICLE NUMBER CONCENTRATION    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
BEECHCRAFT KING AIR    [Information]


Instrument
PMS >Particle Measuring System


Project
EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
FIRE >First ISCCP Regional Experiment    [Information]
ISCCP >International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
REASON >Research, Education, and Applications Solution Network    [Information]


Keywords
CLOUD MICROPHYSICS
EOSDIS
IDN_NODE GSFC/LARC_DAAC
KING AIR
NCAR
PMS 2D-C PROBE
PMS 2D-P PROBE


Originating Center
LARC_DAAC


Data Center
Atmospheric Science Data Center, Science Directorate, Langley Research Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/
Dataset ID: FIRE_CI2_KINGAIR_2D

Data Center Personnel
Name: ASDC USER SERVICES
Phone: 757-864-8656
Email: support-asdc at earthdata.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center
User and Data Services
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 157D
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


Langley Research Center Distributed Active Archive Center, Science Directorate, Langley Research Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/
Dataset ID: FIRE_CI2_KINGAIR_2D

Data Center Personnel
Name: ASDC USER SERVICES
Phone: 757-864-8656
Email: support-asdc at earthdata.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center
User and Data Services
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 157D
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


Personnel
ANDREW HEYMSFIELD
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 303-497-8943
Email: heyms1 at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80307
Country: USA


ASDC USER SERVICES
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 757-864-8656
Email: support-asdc at earthdata.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center
User and Data Services
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 157D
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


Publications/References
Heymsfield, A. J., 1977: Precipitation development in stratiform ice
clouds: A microphysical and dynamical study. J. Atmos. Sci., 34,
284--295.

Heymsfield, A. J. and J. L. Parrish, 1978: A computational technique
for increasing the effective sampling volume of the PMS 2--D particle
size spectrometer. J. Appl. Meteor., 17, 1566--1572.

Parrish, J. L., and A. J. Heymsfield, 1985: A user guide to a particle
growth and trajectory model (Using one--dimensional and
three--dimensional wind fields). NCAR Tech Note NCAR/TN--259+1A, 69
pp.

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-04-07

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