The Land/Sea Breeze Experiment (LASBEX) was conducted at Moss Landing, California, 15–30 September 1987. The experiment was designed to study the vertical structure and mesoscale variation of the land/sea breeze. A Doppler lidar, a triangular array of three sodars, two sounding systems (one deployed from land and one from a ship), and six surface weather stations (one shipborne) were sited around the Moss Landing area. Measurements obtained included ten sea-breeze and four land-breeze events. This paper describes the objectives and design of the experiment, as well as the observing systems that were used. Some preliminary results and selected observations are presented, called from the data collected, as well as the ensuing analysis plans.

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* Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO 80309

Naval Environmental Prediction Facility, Monterey, CA 93943

** Department of Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943

NOAA, Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, CO 80303