This article discusses the feasibility of using dropwindsonde-equipped aircraft to obtain meteorological observations over oceanic data-void areas for operational forecasting applications. Such in-situ meteorological observations would provide measurements of wind, temperature, and moisture at a higher vertical resolution and greater accuracy than currently available from satellite-derived observations. Such airborne observations, if globally obtained, would greatly enhance global datasets for both numerical weather prediction and for research studies of large-scale phenomena, such as the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. The aircraft could also serve as platforms for collecting frequent oceanic thermal and current information. The advantages and limitations of a dropwindsonde-based observing system are compared with current and proposed ground- and satellite-based systems.
Research Article| 1 December 1990
The Selection and Use of Dropwindsonde-Equipped Aircraft for Operational Forecasting Applications
Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. (1990) 71 (12): 1746–1757.
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Douglas, M. W., 1990: The Selection and Use of Dropwindsonde-Equipped Aircraft for Operational Forecasting Applications. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 71, 1746–1757, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0477(1990)071<1746:TSAUOD>2.0.CO;2.
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