Supporting Meteorological Field Experiment Missions and Postmission Analysis with Satellite Digital Data and Products
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA MARINE METEOROLOGY DIV
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I n this paper we focus on a good recent example of how multiple satellite-based datasets and products played an important role in supporting a meteorological field experiment the Tropical Cyclone Structure 2008 TCS-08 project, part of the much larger The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment THORPEX Pacific Regional Area Campaign T-PARC field program, was designed to study tropical cyclones TCs in the western North Pacific domain during August and September 2008. The field program Fig. 1 involved international collaborators and leveraged a special suite of observing resources, including aircraft, ships, buoys, radiosondes, driftsondes, dropsondes, and more. TCS-08 was sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research ONR and focused on detailed atmospheric measurements of TC genesis, inner core structure, and extratropical transitions ETs to better understand intensity changes while also sampling the ocean response to TC passages. In T-PARCTCS-08, a suite of geostationary GEO and low-earth-orbiting LEO sensors were employed to help guide daily mission planning, forecasts, and outlooks, and also to enhance postmission analysis studies. This paper chronicles the T-PARCTCS-08 project s satellite-observing tools, imagery, and derived products that provided real-time guidance and postmission analysis information. We synthesize those that were critical to T-PARCTCS-08 as an example of how satellite-based remote sensing can be optimized to provide dedicated field campaign support.