Atmospheric and Earth System Research with HALO

(High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft)

Elucidating the role of clouds-circulation coupling in climate - EUREC4A

Mission Time Period: January - February 2020, Mission completed

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Project Description

EUREC4A is an almost six-week field study starting on 20 January 2020 aiming at validating theories on the role of clouds and convection for climate change through extensive measurements in the atmosphere and ocean. In addition, EUREC4A will study how fine-scale features in the ocean – eddies and fronts – interact with the atmosphere. The scale and coverage of the measurements will provide opportunities to evaluate a new generation of climate models and satellite data products.

The French-German initiated field study involves more than 40 partner institutions and the deployment of five research aircrafts, four research vessels, ground based remote sensing and satellite remote sensing east and south of the Caribbean island of Barbados. EUREC4A is led by Prof Bjorn Stevens, Director and head of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System”at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and Dr Sandrine Bony, Director of Research at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Paris, France. Their initiative builds on, and extends, a decade of cooperation with Barbadian scientists at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), under the leadership of its Principal, Dr David Farrell.

Press release from 16 January 2020: