The Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud-Systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) Field Campaign: Perspectives of Early Career Scientists

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  • 1 National Center for Atmospheric Research, * Boulder, Colorado
  • 2 University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York
  • 3 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
  • 4 CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
  • 5 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico
  • 6 University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York
  • 7 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 8 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 9 University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 10 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 11 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
  • 12 University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 13 The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
  • 14 National Center for Atmospheric Research,* Boulder, Colorado
  • 15 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
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The Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) field experiment successfully gathered data from four developing and four decaying/nondeveloping tropical disturbances over the tropical North Atlantic basin between 15 August and 30 September 2010. The invaluable roles played by early career scientists (ECSs) throughout the campaign helped make possible the successful execution of the field program's mission to investigate tropical cyclone formation. ECSs provided critical meteorological information— often obtained from novel ECS-created products—during daily weather briefings that were used by the principal investigators in making mission planning decisions. Once a Gulfstream V (G-V) flight mission was underway, ECSs provided nowcasting support, relaying information that helped the mission scientists to steer clear of potential areas of turbulence aloft. Data from these missions, including dropsonde and GPS water vapor profiler data, were continually obtained, processed, and quality-controlled by ECSs. The dropsonde data provided National Hurricane Center forecasters and PREDICT mission scientists with real-time information regarding the characteristics of tropical disturbances. These data and others will serve as the basis for multiple ECS-led research topics over the years to come and are expected to provide new insights into the tropical cyclone formation process. PREDICT also provided invaluable educational and professional development experiences for ECSs, including the opportunity to critically evaluate observational evidence for tropical cyclone development theories and networking opportunities with their peers and established scientists in the field.

*The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation

The Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) field experiment successfully gathered data from four developing and four decaying/nondeveloping tropical disturbances over the tropical North Atlantic basin between 15 August and 30 September 2010. The invaluable roles played by early career scientists (ECSs) throughout the campaign helped make possible the successful execution of the field program's mission to investigate tropical cyclone formation. ECSs provided critical meteorological information— often obtained from novel ECS-created products—during daily weather briefings that were used by the principal investigators in making mission planning decisions. Once a Gulfstream V (G-V) flight mission was underway, ECSs provided nowcasting support, relaying information that helped the mission scientists to steer clear of potential areas of turbulence aloft. Data from these missions, including dropsonde and GPS water vapor profiler data, were continually obtained, processed, and quality-controlled by ECSs. The dropsonde data provided National Hurricane Center forecasters and PREDICT mission scientists with real-time information regarding the characteristics of tropical disturbances. These data and others will serve as the basis for multiple ECS-led research topics over the years to come and are expected to provide new insights into the tropical cyclone formation process. PREDICT also provided invaluable educational and professional development experiences for ECSs, including the opportunity to critically evaluate observational evidence for tropical cyclone development theories and networking opportunities with their peers and established scientists in the field.

*The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation

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