Countdown to COPE
Preparations for the deployment of ground-based instruments and research aircraft for the COnvective Precipitation Experiment (COPE) are well underway.
The field project is due to start on Monday 24th June, with all ground-based instruments and the FAAM aircraft at the ready, and the University of Wyoming King Air available from 3rd July.
NCAS-Leeds personnel Alan Blyth, Lindsay Bennett, Barbara Brooks, James Groves and Dan Walker will be making the long journey south to Cornwall with the FGAM Mobile Radar, Doppler Lidar and Radiometer on 16th/17th June. During the following week preparations will take place for the deployment of the instruments at Davidstow Airfield and the nearby War Museum.
More to follow over the coming weeks!
Reinhard Schiemann: The E2SCMS summer school
Reinhard's research aims at assessing, understanding and improving the representation of hydrological quantities, notably precipitation, in both observation-based data and climate model simulations. In his current project UPSCALE, he is part of the JWCRP HRCM team using the development version of the Unified Model (HadGEM3) for global atmospheric simulations of present and future climate at 25km horizontal resolution.
Snow at KEP
A bit of a surprise this morning, we woke up to find it had snowed overnight. Alan predicted precipitation but he didn’t specify snow so the general consensus was that it didn’t count.
We still managed to launch a balloon but flying the UAV was out for the day.
Radiosonde tripod and antenna in the snow.
More flying tests
Today we thought we would test out the UAV again. I had taken a mini camera with me which I attached to the UAV. Here you can see a still image from the onboard camera. Unfortunately the problem with the ailerons was still causing problems and flying the UAV was proving tricky. The winds were very light so it would have been a good day for flying.
From left to right Alan, me(flying), Dan, Darren, Gemma and Frin