Calwater Field Campaign

1 February 2011 - 7 March 2011

Lead Scientist: Kimberly Prather

Observatory: AAF

The goal of this project involved determining how aerosols impact clouds and precipitation patterns in California. Specifically flights were conducted through precipitating and non-precipitating clouds to determine whether there were chemical or physical differences in the cloud nuclei forming the clouds. The sources of the key cloud seeds were determined using single particle mass spectrometry. Cloud physics and chemistry were probed in addition to high level meteorological data. Met data were acquired during flights as well as at several sampling ground level sampling sites. The goal was to unravel the key parameters leading to high levels of rain and snow in California versus sustained cloud cover with very little precipitation.

Related Publications

2017

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, , 10.1175/MWR-D-17-0055.1. ONLINE.

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.

Fan J, L Leung, D Rosenfeld, and P DeMott. 2017. "Effects of cloud condensation nuclei and ice nucleating particles on precipitation processes and supercooled liquid in mixed-phase orographic clouds." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17(2), 10.5194/acp-17-1017-2017.

2016

Nalli N, C Barnet, T Reale, Q Liu, V Morris, J Spackman, E Joseph, C Tan, B Sun, F Tilley, L Leung, and D Wolfe. 2016. "Satellite Sounder Observations of Contrasting Tropospheric Moisture Transport Regimes: Saharan Air Layers, Hadley Cells, and Atmospheric Rivers." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17(12), 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0163.1.

2015

Creamean JM, AP Ault, AB White, PJ Nieman, FM Ralph, P Minnis, and KA Prather. 2015. "Impact of interannual variations in sources of insoluble aerosol species on orographic precipitation over California's central Sierra Nevada." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(11), 10.5194/acp-15-6535-2015.

2013

Cremean J, K Suski, D Rosenfield, A Cazorla, PJ DeMott, RC Sullivan, AB White, FM Ralph, P Minnis, JM Comstock, JM Tomlinson, and KA Prather. 2013. "Dust and Biological Aerosols from the Sahara and Asia Influence Precipitation in the Western U.S." Science, 339(6127), 10.1126/science.1227279.

2012

Matrosov SY. 2012. Rainfall Regime Prevalence and Water Phase Partition in Atmospheric River Systems Observed Offshore. Presented at Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Fan J, LR Leung, JM Comstock, and JM Tomlinson. 2012. CCN and IN Effects on Cloud Properties and Precipitation – Case Studies from CalWater 2011. Presented at Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

White AB, PJ Neiman, JM Creamean, MR Hughes, B Moore, FM Ralph, and KA Prather. 2012. Rainfall Process Partitioning Using S-PROF Radar Observations Collected During the CalWater Field Campaign Winters. Presented at Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Suski K, KA Prather, J Hubbe, C Kluzek, and H Jonsson. 2012. Aerosol Impacts on Cloud Properties Observed during CalWater 2011. Presented at Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting. San Francisco,CA.


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Campaign Data Sets

IOP Participant Data Source Name Final Data
Duli Chand Nephelometer Order Data
Duli Chand Particle Soot Absorption Photometer Order Data
Jennifer Comstock 2D-Stereo Optical Array Probe Order Data
Jennifer Comstock High Volume Precip Spectrometer Order Data
Paul DeMott Continuous Flow Thermal Diffusion Chamber Order Data
John Hubbe Meteorology/State/Position Parameters- G1 Aircraft Order Data
Haflidi Jonsson Cloud Imaging Probe Order Data
Haflidi Jonsson Cloud and Aerosol Spectrometer (CAS) Order Data
Haflidi Jonsson Liquid Water Content (pvm-100a probe, SEA WCM-2000) Order Data
Athanasios Nenes Cloud Condensation Nuclei Counter Order Data
Kimberly Prather Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer Order Data
Greg Roberts Mini CCN Spectrometer Data Order Data
Jason Tomlinson Cloud Droplet Probe (CDP) and Cloud Spectrometer and Impactor (CSI) Order Data
Jason Tomlinson Condensation Particle Counters Order Data
Jason Tomlinson Passive Cavity Aerosol Spectrometer Order Data
Jason Tomlinson Ultra High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer Order Data
Jason Tomlinson Video Order Data
Xiao-Ying Yu Trace Gases Order Data