A Cirrus-Cloud Experiment: Intensive Field Observations Planned for FIRE

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Plans for an intensive cirrus-cloud field experiment are described. The Cirrus Intensive Field Observations (Cirrus IFO) is a major component of the First ISCCP (International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project) Regional Experiment (FIRE). The field campaign was conducted in Wisconsin during October 1986. Observing systems include satellites, “cloud” lidars, a very high-altitude, satellite-simulator aircraft platform, two research aircraft instrumented for detailed in situ microphysical and radiometric observations, a Doppler lidar, numerous passive surface-radiation sites, and a rawinsonde network. This is the first cirrus experiment involving such a comprehensive observing system.

1 Readers should note that the field campaign will have already been conducted by the time this article appears. An overall summary and assessment of the experiment based on preliminary analyses of the data obtained will be presented in a suitable forum in the near future.

2 Lead scientist, FIRE Cirrus IFO; Chairman, FIRE Cirrus Working Group.

3 See Schiffer and Rossow (1983) for a description of the parent International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project.

Plans for an intensive cirrus-cloud field experiment are described. The Cirrus Intensive Field Observations (Cirrus IFO) is a major component of the First ISCCP (International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project) Regional Experiment (FIRE). The field campaign was conducted in Wisconsin during October 1986. Observing systems include satellites, “cloud” lidars, a very high-altitude, satellite-simulator aircraft platform, two research aircraft instrumented for detailed in situ microphysical and radiometric observations, a Doppler lidar, numerous passive surface-radiation sites, and a rawinsonde network. This is the first cirrus experiment involving such a comprehensive observing system.

1 Readers should note that the field campaign will have already been conducted by the time this article appears. An overall summary and assessment of the experiment based on preliminary analyses of the data obtained will be presented in a suitable forum in the near future.

2 Lead scientist, FIRE Cirrus IFO; Chairman, FIRE Cirrus Working Group.

3 See Schiffer and Rossow (1983) for a description of the parent International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project.

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