Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment
Global Water & Energy Cycle, Weather
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The Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) was a collaborative effort between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission Ground Validation (GV) program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The purpose was to provide a three-dimensional characterization of convective clouds and precipitation for the purpose of improving the representation of convective lifecycle in atmospheric models and the reliability of satellite-based retrievals of precipitation. The campaign took place in central Oklahoma during the April–June 2011 period and utilized the ARM ground-based observing infrastructure and the NOAA NEXRAD infrastructure in the central United States in addition to radar and in situ precipitation instruments placed throughout the region specifically for the campaign. The NASA ER-2 aircraft flew over this continental region.
2011-04-22 — 2011-06-06
Central Oklahoma, Southern Plains
boreal spring, boreal summer
MC3E is one of several campaigns operated under the Ground Validation activities for the GPM satellite.
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