The German Front Experiment, 1987 (GFE87) is a field experiment using aircraft, radar, surface, and upper-air observations to determine the influence of the European Alps on cold fronts. Measurements are concentrated in the Rhine Valley and in the Alpine foreland south of Munich. The observation period will be between October and December 1987, concurrently with the British and French joint field effort Mesoscale Frontal Dynamics Project (MFDP) and Fronts ‘87. The background and the setup of GFE are described.

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1 Institute of Atmospheric Physics, German Aerospace Research Establishment (DFVLR), D-8031 Oberpfaffenhofen, Federal Republic of Germany.