Texas Florida Underflights Field Experiments

Project Description
The TExas and FLorida UNderflights (TEFLUN) Experiment is a
mission to obtain validation measurements for the Tropical Rain
Measuring Mission (TRMM). TRMM is a NASA and National Space
Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) coordinated mission that
launched the TRMM satellite on 28 November 1997 with a unique
complement of sensors to remotely observe rainfall throughout
the global tropics. TEFLUN is the first in a series of
experiments using a combination of airborne and surface-based
measurements to complement the satellite data. Among these, are
important measurements aboard the NASA high-altitude aircraft,
similar to those on the TRMM satellite. They are used for
direct intercomparisons with TRMM overflights where possible,
but more frequently to simulate TRMM data by flying over
precipitation systems within the experimental domain. These,
along with surface-based measurements and computer models, will
make unique contributions to our understanding of the tropical
precipitati! on cycle.

For more information,
link to http://www.met.tamu.edu/research/teflun/info.html