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Development of european pilot network of stations for observing cloud profiles

Objective

IPCC 95 states that the most urgent scientific problem requiring attention to determine the rate and magnitude of climate change and sea level rise are the factors controlling the Distribution of clouds and their radiative characteristics. Clouds are now represented in Models by prognostic variables and there is an urgent need for validation. This proposal is to optimise a network of three pre-existing sites for observing cloud profiles with radar and lidar and retrieving the variables such as cloud water and particle size for comparison with the Prognostic variables held in operational models, leading to the definition of instruments and algorithms for GCOS cloud remote sensing stations to monitor cloud properties over Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Earley Gate 2, Whiteknights
RG6 6BB Reading / Silchester
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Ecole Polytechnique
91128 Palaiseau
COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS
United Kingdom
Address
Chilton
OX11 0QX Didcot,harwell,chilton
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Netherlands
Address
Mekelweg 4
2600 GA Delft
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
Address
Rue Lhomond 24
75231 Paris
ROYAL NETHERLANDS METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Netherlands
Address
10,Wilhelminalaan 10
3730 AE De Bilt
SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE - MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Fitzroy Road, Metz Office
EX1 3PB Exeter
VAISALA OYJ
Finland
Address
Vanha Nurmijsrventie 21
01670 Vantaa