Poster Programme ASI6

Atmospheric measurements from local to regional scale: The role of field experiments
Convener: F. Beyrich 
Co-Conveners: F. C. Bosveld  and H.A.R. de Bruin 
Session DetailsOral Programme

Public Information:The symposium was co-organised by F. Beyrich (DWD Lindenberg), F.C. Bosveld (KNMI De Bilt), and H.A.R. de Bruin (Bilthoven). It was intended to give a forum to discuss recent developments and achievements in local to regional-scale measurement concepts and technology (scales of the order of 1 to 10 km) over land. Inspired by the link between the 11th EMS Annual Meeting with the 10th ECAM, special emphasis was set this time on field experiments which are performed to improve our understanding of complex atmospheric processes, to collect comprehensive data sets including the data from advanced measurement systems not (yet) suited for operational use and to characterize the performance of new measurement techniques. The call for abstracts had found a broad resonance, with 36 submissions (3 of which were withdrawn before the conference) the symposium became one of the th larger sessions of the 11 EMS Annual Meeting. 21 papers (out of 22 planned) were presented during three oral sessions. Another 9 presentations (out of 11 planned) were shown as posters. The oral program was subdivided into three sessions under the headlines (I) major field experiments, (II) field experiments for process studies, and (III) field experiments for sensor tests and characterisation. The sessions took place on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. The symposium started with a keynote presentation by T. Foken (University of Bayreuth) who gave an overview on the history and recent achievements of field experiments in boundary-layer meteorology. The presentation nicely illustrated the huge progress in the design, equipment and scientific content of boundary-layer field studies from local- scale field campaigns with just an instrumented tower and some balloon ascents towards complex mesoscale field experiments employing ground-based in-situ and remote sensing technology, airborne measurements and regional-scale sensor networks. The author critically noticed a number of weaknesses often associated with field experiments today. These concern, e.g., the missing link between near-surface micrometeorology and boundary-layer process studies in many experiments (particularly in the ecology community), the missing of important experimental components in field experiments due to budget constraints and the partially non-mature, test status of equipment employed. A second keynote presentation in sub-session III was given by B. Calpini (MeteoSwiss Payerne) who reported about recent field experiments organised by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to test and characterise new sensor systems for operational use by the National Weather Services. These often extremely carefully designed experiments allow for a comprehensive assessment of the recent status and progress in certain fields of meteorological sensor technology. Examples presented were the intercomparison of rainfall intensity instruments 2007-2008 in Italy, the thermometer screen / humidity sensor intercomparison 2008-2009 in Algeria, and the most resent radiosonde intercomparison performed in China in 2010. Reports on these intercomparison experiments can be found at: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/IMOP/intercomparisons.html . The contributed papers dealt with a wide range of topics under the general headline. Major field experiments presented were the already well-known AMMA (F. Couvreux, MeteoFrance Toulouse, COPS (N. Filipovic, University of Vienna), and VOCALS (P. Zuidema, University of Miami) experiments, but also the more recent urban FluxSAP-2010 campaign (Y. Brunet, INRA), and the LITFASS-2009 (F. Beyrich, DWD Lindenberg) and BLLAST (M. Lothon, University Toulouse) experiments. The latter one was a very recent field campaign (measurements were performed in June and July 2011 at Lannemezan, France) devoted to study the late afternoon / early evening transition of the atmospheric boundary layer. Concerning meteorological sensor characterisation, several papers demonstrated the capabilities of small-scale unmanned aircraft for measurements of boundary-layer parameters and turbulence (e.g., S. Martin Braunschweig University of Technology, A. v. d. Kroonenberg Tübingen University). S. Griesel (DWD Hamburg) reported on a long-term experiment to characterize state-of-the-art humidity sensors. R. Boers et al. (KNMI De Bilt) presented an interesting paper on sensor synergy for reliable fog detection and characterisation. The gap from research towards operational application was bridged by two talks on a micro-radar network in Northern Italy (S. Turso, Politecnico di Torino) and on the combination of fixed and mobile surface observations into a hybrid system for operational road weather monitoring in Finland (P. Saarikivi, Foreca Ltd. Helsinki). Overall, the symposium covered a broad spectrum of measurement techniques and atmospheric process studies. It has found broad interest among the conference participants well beyond the list of speakers (the number of people in the audience varied between about 30 and 80) and inspired interesting discussions and contacts among the scientists. F. Beyrich, F.C. Bosveld, and H.A.R. de Bruin


Attendance Time: Tuesday, 13 Sep, 18:30–19:30
Poster Hall (Ground Floor)
PH68
EMS2011-685
Comparison of Wind Speed Measurement by Sonic and Cup Anemometers
L. Pop

PH69
EMS2011-211
Two years field experiment on state of the art humidity sensors
S. Griesel, M. Theel, and E. Lanzinger

PH70
EMS2011-817
A fully automatic procedure of technical quality control for LI7500 based H20-flux measurements - Derivation, Test and Application
J.-P. Leps and U. Weisensee

PH71
EMS2011-250
Improving and optimizing the results inferred from multiscale methods in experimental atmospheric boundary layer studies: common mistakes and overlooked issues.
S. Viana Jiménez, C. Yagüe, and G. Maqueda

PH72
EMS2011-297
Retrieval of tropospherical water vapour by using spectra from a microwave spectro-radiometer at 22 GHz
R. Bleisch and N. Kämpfer

PH73 EMS2011-54
Comparison of different measurements of diffuse solar irradiance (withdrawn)
G. Sanchez, A. Serrano, and M.L. Cancillo

PH74
EMS2011-272
Total Lightning Detection in the Basque Country
J. Lopez, S. Gaztelumendi, M. Maruri, R. Hernandez, K. Otxoa de Alda, and J. Aranda

PH75 EMS2011-210
Radar observation of a convective thermal heterogeneity in troposphere (withdrawn)
D.B. Evseev, V.N. Oleynikov, S.V. Iudin, A.I. Litvin-Popovich, and D.A. Goryachiy

PH77
EMS2011-276
Advance in quality procedures, as a consequence of monitoring remote sensing instrument in real time.
M. Maruri, R. Hernandez, K. Otxoa de Alda, J. Egaña, and S. Gaztelumendi

PH78
EMS2011-877
Micrometeorological Measurements near of a surface of a Lysimeter
A. Raabe, M. Barth, and G. Fischer