EXAEDRE - EXploiting new Atmospheric Electricity Data for Research and the Environment - is a 36-month (1 October 2016 to 1 October 2019) project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). It will contribute to the HyMeX ST-Lightning and TS4a (Corsican site) activities.
The scientific objectives of EXAEDRE are:
- an observational- and modeling-based characterisation of the electrical activity in Northwestern Mediterranean storms;
- an assessment of the potential of lightning information for a better monitoring of thunderstorms.
These objectives will be documented through comprehensive observational and modeling investigations, including a dedicated airborne campaign.
This campaign is scheduled for September 2018. The primary geographic domain of the EXAEDRE campaign is the Corsica region. Airborne measurements will be performed from the French Falcon equipped with LATMOS 95 GHz cloud radar (RASTA), LaMP airborne microphysics probes (PMA), and ONERA electric field mills (AMPERA). The lightning activity over the Corsica region will be documented thanks to the LA Lightning Mapping Array SAETTA and Météorage networks. Additional measurements of the electrical activity will be performed through mobile and stationary ground-based equipments. A second domain over the Ebro Delta in Catalonia, where a lightning detection network similar to SAETTA is operated, is under investigation as a backup plan, but for the airborne measurements ONLY in case of the absence of severe weather in the Corsica region.
The team would like to invite anyone interested to participate in the field campaign by bringing additional instrumentation. Following the methodology applied to prepare and conduct the HyMeX SOP1 campaign, an instrumentation implementation plan is currently being written. Note that the EXAEDRE project will not finance any deployment outside what has been described in the Description of Work of the EXAEDRE project.
More information on the EXAEDRE project can be found at www.hymex.org/exaedre.
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