Measuring clouds in the tropics
In 2020, the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Meteorology persues the unique field campaign EUREC4A above the tropical North Atlantic.
EUREC4A – Elucidating the Role of Cloud-Circulation Coupling in Climate – is a field campaign, aiming for a better understanding on how precipitation and clouds evolve, and wheather clouds rather amplify or mitigate global warming. The survey covers atmospheric, land and water investigations in and around Barbados, where the Institute already has a scientific base.
A high-performance C-Band-Radar POLDIRAD enables a broad extension of the analyzed area, and, for the first time, a spatial allocation of precipitation is possible. As the budget was lacking, our Supporting Members generously funded this radar and ensured the success of the campaign.