Year of Tropical Convection (YOTC)
1 May 2008 - 30 April 2010
Lead Scientist: Sally McFarlane
The period May 2008 – April 2010 was chosen for the YOTC as this period captured a full ENSO cycle as well as several MJO episodes. As part of YOTC, multiple national agencies are pulling together cloud, atmospheric state, precipitation, and radiation data sets for this period. ARM has three sites within the Tropical Western Pacific that were collecting data during this period: Manus, Papua New Guinea; Nauru Island; and Darwin, Australia. The ARM sites consist of a suite of ground-based instruments that measure meteorological data, cloud properties, and radiative fluxes.
The table below lists key ARM data sets and their current availability for the YOTC period. Several data sets are currently under construction and will become available for the entire YOTC period within the next several months.
Chandra AS, C Zhang, SA Klein, and H Ma. 2015. "Low-cloud characteristics over the tropical western Pacific from ARM observations and CAM5 simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(17), 52402, 10.1002/2015JD023369.
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