ARM Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX)
14 January 2015 - 12 February 2015
Lead Scientist: L. Ruby Leung
Observatory: amf, acx
The western United States receives precipitation predominantly during the cold season when storms approach from the Pacific Ocean. The snowpack that accumulates during winter storms provides about 70-90 percent of water supply for the region. Understanding and modeling the fundamental processes that govern the large precipitation variability and extremes in the western U.S. is a critical test for the ability of climate models to predict the regional water cycle, including floods and droughts. Two elements of significant importance in predicting precipitation variability in the western U.S. are atmospheric rivers and aerosols. Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are narrow bands of enhanced water vapor associated with the warm sector of extratropical cyclones over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Because of the large lower-tropospheric water vapor content, strong atmospheric winds, and neutral moist static stability, some ARs can produce heavy precipitation by orographic enhancement during landfall on the U.S. West Coast. While ARs are responsible for a large fraction of heavy precipitation in that region during winter, much of the rest of the orographic precipitation occurs in post-frontal clouds, which are typically quite shallow, with tops just high enough to pass the mountain barrier. Such clouds are inherently quite susceptible to aerosol effects on both warm rain and ice precipitation-forming processes.
This campaign consisted of the deployment of the ARM Mobile Facility 2 (AMF2) and the ARM Aerial Facility (AAF) Gulfstream-1 aircraft in a field campaign called ARM Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX), which took place in conjunction with CalWater 2, a NOAA field campaign. The joint CalWater 2/ACAPEX field campaign aimed to improve understanding and modeling of large-scale dynamics and cloud and precipitation processes associated with ARs and aerosol-cloud interactions that influence precipitation variability and extremes in the western U.S. The observational strategy consisted of the use of land and offshore assets to monitor:
- the evolution and structure of ARs from near their regions of development
- the long-range transport of aerosols in the eastern North Pacific and potential interactions with ARs
- how aerosols from long-range transport and local sources influence cloud and precipitation in the U.S. West Coast, where ARs make landfall and post-frontal clouds are frequent.
The AMF2 was deployed on a research vessel offshore and provided critical measurements to quantify the moisture budget and cloud and precipitation processes associated with ARs and to characterize aerosols and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions associated with aerosols from long-range transport in the Pacific Ocean. The G-1 probed the clouds that form over the ocean and their transformations upon landfall as well as the orographic effects over the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada. The G-1 flights provided the critical information needed for comparing the simulated and observed processes of the vertical profiles of cloud microstructure and the resultant precipitation initiation and glaciation. This allowed the development and validation of more realistic simulations that replicated the aircraft measurements and thus quantify more reliably the entities that cannot be obtained directly by the aircraft measurements to improve understanding and modeling of aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions. ARM Operational Periods: ARM Mobile Facility 2: 2015.01.12—2015.02.12 ARM Aerial Facility: 2015.01.02—2015.02.27
The NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown, above, played host to the AMF2 for ACAPEX. The G-1 returned to McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, California, for flights over the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Ocean.
Diagram of the G-1's flight-plan over the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Ocean.
The CalWater2/ACAPEX observational strategy is to use high- and low-altitude aircraft, a ship with the AMF2 and a ground-based network.
|Chris Fairall||Kimberly Prather||Ryan Spackman|
|Jiwen Fan||Marty Ralph||Duane Waliser|
|Samson Hagos||Veerabhadran Ramanathan||Hailong Wang|
|Mimi Hughes||Daniel Rosenfeld|
|Chuck Long (deceased)||Steven Rutledge|
- Child Campaign
Welti A, E Bigg, P DeMott, X Gong, M Hartmann, M Harvey, S Henning, P Herenz, T Hill, B Hornblow, C Leck, M Löffler, C McCluskey, A Rauker, J Schmale, C Tatzelt, M van Pinxteren, and F Stratmann. 2020. "Ship-based measurements of ice nuclei concentrations over the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Southern oceans." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20(23), 10.5194/acp-20-15191-2020.
Matthews A and LA Goldberger. 2020. Multi-Element Water Content System Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-261.
Schill G, P DeMott, E Emerson, A Rauker, J Kodros, K Suski, T Hill, E Levin, J Pierce, D Farmer, and S Kreidenweis. 2020. "The contribution of black carbon to global ice nucleating particle concentrations relevant to mixed-phase clouds." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(37), 10.1073/pnas.2001674117.
Goldberger LA, F Mei, J Hubbe, and CD Kluzek. 2020. Navigation and Meteorological Data from Multiple Sensors on Airborne Platform (NAVMET-AIR) Value-Added Product Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-255.
Goldberger L. 2020. Cloud, Aerosol, and Precipitation Spectrometer Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-246.
Walton SM. 2019. Navigational Location and Attitude (NAV) Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-226.
Nalli N, A Gambacorta, Q Liu, C Tan, F Iturbide-Sanchez, C Barnet, E Joseph, V Morris, M Oyola, and J Smith. 2018. "Validation of Atmospheric Profile Retrievals from the SNPP NOAA-Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System. Part 2: Ozone." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(1), 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2762600.
Fairall C, S Matrosov, C Williams, and E Walsh. 2017. "Estimation of Rain Rate from Airborne Doppler W-band Radar in CALWATER-2." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 35(3), 10.1175/JTECH-D-17-0025.1.
Neiman P, N Gaggini, C Fairall, J Aikins, J Spackman, L Leung, J Fan, J Hardin, N Nalli, and A White. 2017. "An Analysis of Coordinated Observations from NOAA's Ronald Brown Ship and G-IV Aircraft in a Landfalling Atmospheric River over the North Pacific during CalWater-2015." Monthly Weather Review, 145(9), 10.1175/MWR-D-17-0055.1.
Cordeira J, F Ralph, A Martin, N Gaggini, J Spackman, P Neiman, J Rutz, and R Pierce. 2017. "Forecasting Atmospheric Rivers during CalWater 2015." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(3), 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00245.1.
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Campaign Data Sets
|IOP Participant||Data Source Name||Final Data|
|Jennifer Comstock||2D-S Particle Size||Order Data|
|Paul DeMott||Continuous Flow Thermal Diffusion Chamber - Aboard Aircraft||Order Data|
|Paul DeMott||Ice Nucleation Spectrometer - Ronald H. Brown||Order Data|
|Paul DeMott||Ice Spectrometer||Order Data|
|Chris Fairall||Met||Order Data|
|Jonathan Gero||Marine Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer||Order Data|
|John Hubbe||Ambient Winds- AIMMS||Order Data|
|John Hubbe||Particle Volume Monitor||Order Data|
|Alyssa Matthews||Cloud Droplet Probe||Order Data|
|Alyssa Matthews||High Volume Precip Spectrometer||Order Data|
|Alyssa Matthews||High Volume Precipitation Spectrometer - Images||Order Data|
|Alyssa Matthews||Two Dimensional Stereo (2DS) Particle Imaging Probe||Order Data|
|Alyssa Matthews||Water Content Monitor||Order Data|
|Fan Mei||Cloud Aerosol Precip Spectrometer(CAPS)/Cloud Imaging Probe (CIP)||Order Data|
|Fan Mei||Cloud Condensation Nuclei Counter||Order Data|
|Fan Mei||Condensation Particle Counters - G1 Aircraft||Order Data|
|Fan Mei||Fast Cloud Droplet Probe (FCDP)||Order Data|
|Fan Mei||Meteorology/State/Position Parameters- G1 Aircraft||Order Data|
|Nicholas Nalli||Ozone Sondes||Order Data|
|Mikhail Pekour||Counterflow Virtual Impactor (CVI)||Order Data|
|Mikhail Pekour||Optical Particle Counter - Counterflow Virtual Impactor||Order Data|
|Mikhail Pekour||Optical Particle Counter - Isokinetic||Order Data|
|Kimberly Prather||Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer||Order Data|
|Arthur Sedlacek||Single Particle Soot Photometer||Order Data|
|Stephen Springston||Carbon Monoxide and Nitrous Oxide||Order Data|
|Stephen Springston||Carbon Monoxide and Nitrous Oxide||Order Data|
|Stephen Springston||Particle Soot Absorption Photometer - G1 Aircraft||Order Data|
|Jason Tomlinson||Cloud Spectrometer and Impactor (CSI)||Order Data|
|Jason Tomlinson||Cloud and Aerosol Spectrometer||Order Data|
|Jason Tomlinson||Passive Cavity Aerosol Spectrometer||Order Data|
|Jason Tomlinson||Ultra High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer- G1 Aircraft||Order Data|
|Jason Tomlinson||Video - G1 Aircraft||Order Data|
ACX Data Sources
|Name||Full Name||Browse Data|
||Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer||Browse Data|
||Aerosol Observing System||Browse Data|
||Meteorological Measurements associated with the Aerosol Observing System||Browse Data|
||Cloud Condensation Nuclei Particle Counter||Browse Data|
||Boundary-layer height data with CEIL||Browse Data|
||Ceilometer Corrected for Ship Motion||Browse Data|
||Condensation Particle Counter||Browse Data|
||Cimel Sunphotometer||Browse Data|
||High Spectral Resolution Lidar||Browse Data|
||HSRL Corrected for Ship Motion||Browse Data|
||Humidified Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer||Browse Data|
||Infrared Thermometer||Browse Data|
||Ka ARM Zenith Radar||Browse Data|
||KAZR Ship Motion Correction||Browse Data|
||Microwave Radiometer-Scaled Sonde Profiles||Browse Data|
||Micropulse Lidar||Browse Data|
||Cloud mask from Micropulse Lidar||Browse Data|
||MPL Corrected for Ship Motion||Browse Data|
||Marine W-Band (95 GHz) ARM Cloud Radar||Browse Data|
||MWACR Ship Motion Correction||Browse Data|
||Microwave Radiometer||Browse Data|
||Microwave Radiometer, 3 Channel||Browse Data|
||Navigational Location and Attitude||Browse Data|
||Navigational Location and Attitude Best Estimate||Browse Data|
||Ozone Monitor||Browse Data|
||Planetary Boundary Layer Height||Browse Data|
||Portable Radiation Package||Browse Data|
||Particle Soot Absorption Photometer||Browse Data|
||Radar Wind Profiler||Browse Data|
||Balloon-Borne Sounding System||Browse Data|
||Stabilized Platform||Browse Data|
||Total Sky Imager||Browse Data|