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MACSSIMIZE: MACSSIMIZE: Measurements of Arctic Clouds, Snow, and Sea Ice nearby the Marginal Ice ZonE

Start date: 02-03-2018 - End date: 29-03-2018

Status: Confirmed

Open to sharing: Yes

Confidential: No

Transnational Access: No

Open to training: No

Grounded / Maintenance: No


Aircraft name: BAe146 - FAAM

Airport: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Project description

Project theme: A project within YOPP (Year Of Polar Prediction)

Project abstract: The overarching aims of this project will be to make the UK’s environmental prediction services for the polar regions world leading, through a better understanding of key physical processes and their improved representation within numerical weather and climate prediction systems. In so doing, improve environmental prediction globally via improved process representation and polar/mid-latitude linkages.

Science context: A major (~3 week) detachment to Fairbanks, Alaska, during March 2018. Refuels in Barrow or Inuvik to get further north. Targets are snow emissivity in conjunction with satellite overpasses and ground-based measurements of snow properties over land and sea ice; BL and surface exchange processes over sea-ice and the marginal-ice-zone; clouds, aerosols and radiative impacts on energy balance; orographic flows and gravity waves from the Brooks or Alaska mountain ranges;

Season: Winter

Weather constraints: Clear air at low level

Flights (number and patterns): 50 hours science

Scientific contact

Name: Chawn Harlow

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