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Manfred Wendisch
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Paola Formenti
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Tad Anderson
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Alexander Kokhanovsky
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Bernhard Mayer
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Peter Pilewskie
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Steve Platnick Jens Redemann
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John Remedios
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Peter Spichtinger
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Didier Tanré
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Filip Vanhellemont
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George C. Craig
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Andreas H. Fink
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Corinna Hoose
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Tijana Janjić
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Peter Knippertz
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Audine Laurian
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Sebastian Lerch
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Bernhard Mayer
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Annette Miltenberger
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Robert Redl
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Michael Riemer
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Kirsten I. Tempest
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Volkmar Wirth

Abstract

Prediction of weather is a main goal of atmospheric science. Its importance to society is growing continuously due to factors such as vulnerability to natural disasters, the move to renewable energy sources, and the risks of climate change. But prediction is also a major scientific challenge due to the inherently limited predictability of a chaotic atmosphere, and has led to a revolution in forecasting methods as we have moved to probabilistic prediction. These changes provide the motivation for Waves to Weather (W2W), a major national research program in Germany with three main university partners in Munich, Mainz, and Karlsruhe. We are currently in the second 4-yr phase of our planned duration of 12 years and employ 36 doctoral and postdoctoral scientists. In the context of this large program, we address what we have identified to be the most important and challenging scientific questions in predictability of weather, namely, upscale error growth, errors associated with cloud processes, and probabilistic prediction of high-impact weather. This paper presents some key results of the first phase of W2W and discusses how they have influenced our understanding of predictability. The key role of interdisciplinary research linking atmospheric scientists with experts in visualization, statistics, numerical analysis, and inverse methods will be highlighted. To ensure a lasting impact on research in our field in Germany and internationally, we have instituted innovative programs for training and support of early-career scientists, and to support education, equal opportunities, and outreach, which are also described here.

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Robert F. Cahalan
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Lazaros Oreopoulos
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Alexander Marshak
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K. Franklin Evans
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Anthony B. Davis
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Robert Pincus
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Ken H. Yetzer
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Bernhard Mayer
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Roger Davies
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Thomas P. Ackerman
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Howard W. Barker
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Eugene E. Clothiaux
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Robert G. Ellingson
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Michael J. Garay
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Evgueni Kassianov
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Stefan Kinne
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Andreas Macke
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William O'hirok
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Philip T. Partain
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Sergei M. Prigarin
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Alexei N. Rublev
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Graeme L. Stephens
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Frederic Szczap
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Ezra E. Takara
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Tamas Várnai
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Guoyong Wen
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Tatiana B. Zhuravleva

The interaction of clouds with solar and terrestrial radiation is one of the most important topics of climate research. In recent years it has been recognized that only a full three-dimensional (3D) treatment of this interaction can provide answers to many climate and remote sensing problems, leading to the worldwide development of numerous 3D radiative transfer (RT) codes. The international Intercomparison of 3D Radiation Codes (I3RC), described in this paper, sprung from the natural need to compare the performance of these 3D RT codes used in a variety of current scientific work in the atmospheric sciences. I3RC supports intercomparison and development of both exact and approximate 3D methods in its effort to 1) understand and document the errors/limits of 3D algorithms and their sources; 2) provide “baseline” cases for future code development for 3D radiation; 3) promote sharing and production of 3D radiative tools; 4) derive guidelines for 3D radiative tool selection; and 5) improve atmospheric science education in 3D RT. Results from the two completed phases of I3RC have been presented in two workshops and are expected to guide improvements in both remote sensing and radiative energy budget calculations in cloudy atmospheres.

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Bjorn Stevens
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Felix Ament
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Sandrine Bony
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Susanne Crewell
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Florian Ewald
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Silke Gross
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Akio Hansen
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Lutz Hirsch
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Marek Jacob
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Tobias Kölling
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Heike Konow
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Bernhard Mayer
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Manfred Wendisch
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Martin Wirth
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Kevin Wolf
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Stephan Bakan
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Matthias Bauer-Pfundstein
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Matthias Brueck
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Julien Delanoë
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André Ehrlich
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David Farrell
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Marvin Forde
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Felix Gödde
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Hans Grob
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Martin Hagen
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Evelyn Jäkel
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Friedhelm Jansen
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Christian Klepp
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Marcus Klingebiel
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Mario Mech
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Gerhard Peters
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Markus Rapp
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Allison A. Wing
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Tobias Zinner

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A configuration of the High-Altitude Long-Range Research Aircraft (HALO) as a remote sensing cloud observatory is described, and its use is illustrated with results from the first and second Next-Generation Aircraft Remote Sensing for Validation (NARVAL) field studies. Measurements from the second NARVAL (NARVAL2) are used to highlight the ability of HALO, when configured in this fashion, to characterize not only the distribution of water condensate in the atmosphere, but also its impact on radiant energy transfer and the covarying large-scale meteorological conditions—including the large-scale velocity field and its vertical component. The NARVAL campaigns with HALO demonstrate the potential of airborne cloud observatories to address long-standing riddles in studies of the coupling between clouds and circulation and are helping to motivate a new generation of field studies.

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Christiane Voigt
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Ulrich Schumann
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Andreas Minikin
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Ahmed Abdelmonem
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Armin Afchine
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Stephan Borrmann
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Maxi Boettcher
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Bernhard Buchholz
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Luca Bugliaro
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Anja Costa
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Joachim Curtius
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Maximilian Dollner
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Andreas Dörnbrack
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Volker Dreiling
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Volker Ebert
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Andre Ehrlich
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Andreas Fix
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Linda Forster
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Fabian Frank
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Daniel Fütterer
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Andreas Giez
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Kaspar Graf
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Jens-Uwe Grooß
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Silke Groß
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Katharina Heimerl
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Bernd Heinold
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Tilman Hüneke
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Emma Järvinen
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Tina Jurkat
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Stefan Kaufmann
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Mareike Kenntner
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Marcus Klingebiel
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Thomas Klimach
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Rebecca Kohl
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Martina Krämer
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Trismono Candra Krisna
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Anna Luebke
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Bernhard Mayer
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Stephan Mertes
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Sergej Molleker
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Andreas Petzold
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Klaus Pfeilsticker
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Max Port
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Markus Rapp
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Philipp Reutter
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Christian Rolf
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Diana Rose
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Daniel Sauer
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Andreas Schäfler
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Romy Schlage
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Martin Schnaiter
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Johannes Schneider
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Nicole Spelten
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Peter Spichtinger
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Paul Stock
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Adrian Walser
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Ralf Weigel
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Bernadett Weinzierl
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Manfred Wendisch
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Frank Werner
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Heini Wernli
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Martin Wirth
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Andreas Zahn
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Helmut Ziereis
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Martin Zöger

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The Midlatitude Cirrus experiment (ML-CIRRUS) deployed the High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO) to obtain new insights into nucleation, life cycle, and climate impact of natural cirrus and aircraft-induced contrail cirrus. Direct observations of cirrus properties and their variability are still incomplete, currently limiting our understanding of the clouds’ impact on climate. Also, dynamical effects on clouds and feedbacks are not adequately represented in today’s weather prediction models.

Here, we present the rationale, objectives, and selected scientific highlights of ML-CIRRUS using the G-550 aircraft of the German atmospheric science community. The first combined in situ–remote sensing cloud mission with HALO united state-of-the-art cloud probes, a lidar and novel ice residual, aerosol, trace gas, and radiation instrumentation. The aircraft observations were accompanied by remote sensing from satellite and ground and by numerical simulations.

In spring 2014, HALO performed 16 flights above Europe with a focus on anthropogenic contrail cirrus and midlatitude cirrus induced by frontal systems including warm conveyor belts and other dynamical regimes (jet streams, mountain waves, and convection). Highlights from ML-CIRRUS include 1) new observations of microphysical and radiative cirrus properties and their variability in meteorological regimes typical for midlatitudes, 2) insights into occurrence of in situ–formed and lifted liquid-origin cirrus, 3) validation of cloud forecasts and satellite products, 4) assessment of contrail predictability, and 5) direct observations of contrail cirrus and their distinction from natural cirrus. Hence, ML-CIRRUS provides a comprehensive dataset on cirrus in the densely populated European midlatitudes with the scope to enhance our understanding of cirrus clouds and their role for climate and weather.

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Andreas Schäfler
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George Craig
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Heini Wernli
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Philippe Arbogast
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James D. Doyle
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Ron McTaggart-Cowan
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John Methven
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Gwendal Rivière
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Felix Ament
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Maxi Boettcher
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Martina Bramberger
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Quitterie Cazenave
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Richard Cotton
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Susanne Crewell
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Julien Delanoë
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Andreas Dörnbrack
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André Ehrlich
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Florian Ewald
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Andreas Fix
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Christian M. Grams
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Suzanne L. Gray
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Hans Grob
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Silke Groß
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Martin Hagen
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Ben Harvey
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Lutz Hirsch
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Marek Jacob
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Tobias Kölling
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Heike Konow
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Christian Lemmerz
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Oliver Lux
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Linus Magnusson
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Bernhard Mayer
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Mario Mech
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Richard Moore
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Jacques Pelon
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Julian Quinting
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Stephan Rahm
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Markus Rapp
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Marc Rautenhaus
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Oliver Reitebuch
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Carolyn A. Reynolds
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Harald Sodemann
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Thomas Spengler
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Geraint Vaughan
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Manfred Wendisch
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Martin Wirth
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Benjamin Witschas
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Kevin Wolf
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Tobias Zinner

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The North Atlantic Waveguide and Downstream Impact Experiment (NAWDEX) explored the impact of diabatic processes on disturbances of the jet stream and their influence on downstream high-impact weather through the deployment of four research aircraft, each with a sophisticated set of remote sensing and in situ instruments, and coordinated with a suite of ground-based measurements. A total of 49 research flights were performed, including, for the first time, coordinated flights of the four aircraft: the German High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO), the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Dassault Falcon 20, the French Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement (SAFIRE) Falcon 20, and the British Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) BAe 146. The observation period from 17 September to 22 October 2016 with frequently occurring extratropical and tropical cyclones was ideal for investigating midlatitude weather over the North Atlantic. NAWDEX featured three sequences of upstream triggers of waveguide disturbances, as well as their dynamic interaction with the jet stream, subsequent development, and eventual downstream weather impact on Europe. Examples are presented to highlight the wealth of phenomena that were sampled, the comprehensive coverage, and the multifaceted nature of the measurements. This unique dataset forms the basis for future case studies and detailed evaluations of weather and climate predictions to improve our understanding of diabatic influences on Rossby waves and the downstream impacts of weather systems affecting Europe.

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Manfred Wendisch
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Ulrich Pöschl
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Meinrat O. Andreae
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Luiz A. T. Machado
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Rachel Albrecht
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Hans Schlager
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Daniel Rosenfeld
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Scot T. Martin
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Ahmed Abdelmonem
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Armin Afchine
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Alessandro C. Araùjo
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Paulo Artaxo
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Heinfried Aufmhoff
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Henrique M. J. Barbosa
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Stephan Borrmann
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Ramon Braga
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Bernhard Buchholz
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Micael Amore Cecchini
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Anja Costa
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Joachim Curtius
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Maximilian Dollner
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Marcel Dorf
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Volker Dreiling
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Volker Ebert
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André Ehrlich
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Florian Ewald
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Gilberto Fisch
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Andreas Fix
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Fabian Frank
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Daniel Fütterer
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Christopher Heckl
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Fabian Heidelberg
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Tilman Hüneke
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Evelyn Jäkel
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Emma Järvinen
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Tina Jurkat
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Sandra Kanter
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Udo Kästner
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Mareike Kenntner
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Jürgen Kesselmeier
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Thomas Klimach
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Matthias Knecht
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Rebecca Kohl
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Tobias Kölling
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Martina Krämer
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Mira Krüger
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Trismono Candra Krisna
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Jost V. Lavric
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Karla Longo
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Christoph Mahnke
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Antonio O. Manzi
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Bernhard Mayer
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Stephan Mertes
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Andreas Minikin
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Sergej Molleker
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Steffen Münch
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Björn Nillius
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Klaus Pfeilsticker
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Christopher Pöhlker
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Anke Roiger
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Diana Rose
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Dagmar Rosenow
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Daniel Sauer
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Martin Schnaiter
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Johannes Schneider
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Christiane Schulz
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Rodrigo A. F. de Souza
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Antonio Spanu
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Paul Stock
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Daniel Vila
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Christiane Voigt
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Adrian Walser
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David Walter
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Ralf Weigel
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Bernadett Weinzierl
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Frank Werner
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Marcia A. Yamasoe
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Helmut Ziereis
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Tobias Zinner
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Martin Zöger

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Between 1 September and 4 October 2014, a combined airborne and ground-based measurement campaign was conducted to study tropical deep convective clouds over the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. The new German research aircraft, High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO), a modified Gulfstream G550, and extensive ground-based instrumentation were deployed in and near Manaus (State of Amazonas). The campaign was part of the German–Brazilian Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation, and Radiation Interactions and Dynamics of Convective Cloud Systems–Cloud Processes of the Main Precipitation Systems in Brazil: A Contribution to Cloud Resolving Modeling and to the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) (ACRIDICON– CHUVA) venture to quantify aerosol–cloud–precipitation interactions and their thermodynamic, dynamic, and radiative effects by in situ and remote sensing measurements over Amazonia. The ACRIDICON–CHUVA field observations were carried out in cooperation with the second intensive operating period of Green Ocean Amazon 2014/15 (GoAmazon2014/5). In this paper we focus on the airborne data measured on HALO, which was equipped with about 30 in situ and remote sensing instruments for meteorological, trace gas, aerosol, cloud, precipitation, and spectral solar radiation measurements. Fourteen research flights with a total duration of 96 flight hours were performed. Five scientific topics were pursued: 1) cloud vertical evolution and life cycle (cloud profiling), 2) cloud processing of aerosol particles and trace gases (inflow and outflow), 3) satellite and radar validation (cloud products), 4) vertical transport and mixing (tracer experiment), and 5) cloud formation over forested/deforested areas. Data were collected in near-pristine atmospheric conditions and in environments polluted by biomass burning and urban emissions. The paper presents a general introduction of the ACRIDICON– CHUVA campaign (motivation and addressed research topics) and of HALO with its extensive instrument package, as well as a presentation of a few selected measurement results acquired during the flights for some selected scientific topics.

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