WSR and PACJET Experimental Regions
THORPEX is a major experiment being planned for the Pacific Ocean in 2003-2005. PACJET incorporates several components that will aid in preparing for this large experiment by testing new measurement techniques that could be of value in THORPEX. In this respect, PACJET helps accelerate progress toward THORPEX, and increases the chances for its success. The most relevant testing in PACJET includes:
- Development of buoy-mounted wind profiling. The first prototype was
tested in March 2000 for 5 days on a SCRIPPS buoy. Preliminary
assessment of the data indicates that the key method for suppressing sea
clutter was successful, and thus the investment will be made to harden
the system for protracted deployment, testing, and validation during
- Realistic field testing of a promising UAV, the AEOSONDE. The goal
is to conduct at least one successful flight from Hawaii to the west
coast in the context of a significant storm and with over-the-horizon
communication with the UAV. The capabilities of the AEROSONDE appear to
be well suited to PACJET's goal of measuring the low-level jet. (Fig.
from Greg Holland).
- Testing coordination of up to 4 aircraft in sampling a target specified by the ensemble transform technique as part of a coordinated effort with the Winter Storms Reconnaissance program.