American Scientific Mission Gathers Data on Caribbean’s Maritime Cumulus Cloud Cover

A scientific mission will be taking place in Barbados for one month from March 13 until April 13, 2010. The mission is headed by Haflidi H. Jonsson, Ph.D., chief scientist with the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS).

The mission’s main objective is to collect data on maritime cumulus clouds and flight patterns of Sub-Saharan dust emanating from Africa and crossing over the Atlantic ocean.

Tying down the aircraft

Tying down the aircraft

The scientific experiment will involve the Bermuda Aerosol and Cloud (BACEx) method, using an instrumented Twin Otter aircraft. CIRPAS maintains scientific relations with the Caribbean Institute for Meterorology and Hydrology (CIMH) based in Barbados (URL: ), the University of the West Indies, and Dr. Bruce Albrecht, cloud physicist at the University of Miami. All research findings will be shared with organizations interested in the data to be collected.

Crew meets Capt. Harris

Crew meets Capt. Harris

CIRPAS welcomes visits or field trips by Barbadian science students who may be interested in seeing first hand a research aircraft and the instrumentation it carries.

Dr. Jonsson will also be available to visit schools to discuss the experiment and what he and the other scientists involved in the research are seeking to learn.

Ready for mission

Ready for mission

The data collected will be analyzed in an attempt to understand why these particular cumulus clouds rise so fast and dissipate quickly.

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