89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Monday, 12 January 2009: 11:00 AM
The VOCALS Regional Experiment: Field activities and preliminary findings I
Room 128AB (Phoenix Convention Center)
Robert Wood, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and C. R. Mechoso, C. S. Bretherton, R. A. Weller, B. A. Albrecht, P. Brown, H. Coe, P. H. Daum, C. W. Fairall, R. D. Garreaud, L. Gallardo, C. Grados, and G. Vaughan
The VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx), an international field program designed to make observations of poorly understood but critical components of the coupled climate system of the southeast Pacific, took place during October/November 2008. The aim of VOCALS-REx is to test a set of hypotheses regarding:

(a) links between aerosols, clouds, and precipitation in the stratocumulus-topped boundary layer;

(b) physical and chemical couplings between the ocean, atmosphere and land in the southeast Pacific.

In this presentation we will present a summary of the major field activities and highlight preliminary findings.

Supplementary URL: http://www.eol.ucar.edu/projects/vocals/