EGU General Assembly 2021
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Airborne Atmospheric Measurements with the Max Planck CloudKites

Marcel Schröder1, Freja Nordsiek1, Oliver Schlenczek1, Antonio Ibañez Landeta1, Johannes Güttler1, Gholamhossein Bagheri1, and Eberhard Bodenschatz1,2,3
Marcel Schröder et al.
  • 1Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
  • 2Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics, Faculty of Physics, Georg August University of Göttingen
  • 3Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

To investigate cloud microphysics and turbulence in clouds and in the atmospheric boundary layer, we specially developed airborne platforms, one Max-Planck-CloudKite + (MPCK+) and two mini-Max-Planck-CloudKites (mini-MPCK). They are deployed aboard balloon-kite hybrids conducting in situ measurements of meteorological and cloud microphysical properties with high spatial and temporal resolution. During the EUREC4A-ATOMIC field campaign in the Caribbean January-February 2020, the MPCK+ and one mini-MPCK sampled clouds aboard a 250 m3 aerostat launched from the R.V. Maria S. Merian where both instruments were operated between MSL and 1500m MSL. In addition, one mini-MPCK profiled the atmosphere between MSL and 1000 m MSL aboard a 74 m3 aerostat launched from the R.V. Meteor. In total, we acquired 145 h of flight-data on RV Maria S. Merian and 52 h of flight-data on RV Meteor. For the MPCK+, this included 5 hr of Particle Image Velocimetry data and 3 hr of inline holography data inside clouds and near the cloud edges. We present in situ data measured by the MPCKs during the EUREC4A-ATOMIC field campaign and report on preliminary assessment of turbulence features.

How to cite: Schröder, M., Nordsiek, F., Schlenczek, O., Ibañez Landeta, A., Güttler, J., Bagheri, G., and Bodenschatz, E.: Airborne Atmospheric Measurements with the Max Planck CloudKites, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-11608,, 2021.