5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
[ACG06-P03] The Pilot Aeroclipper Campaign in North Pacific Cyclones (PACNPaC)
Keywords:Aeroclippers, Tropical Cyclones, Observation campaign
The Aeroclipper developed by the French Space Agency (Centre National d’Études Spatiales, CNES) is a quasi-lagrangian device (small streamlined balloon) drifting with surface wind at about 20-30m above the ocean surface. It is a new and original device for real-time and continuous observation of air-sea surface parameters in open ocean remote regions. This device enables the sampling of the variability of surface parameters in particular under convective systems toward which it is attracted. The Aeroclipper is therefore an ideal instrument to monitor TCs in which they are likely to converge and provide original observations to evaluate and improve our current understanding and diagnostics of TCs as well as their representation in numerical models.
We will present the challenges of the test Aeroclipper flight during the Pilot Aeroclipper Campaign in North Pacific Cyclones (PACNPaC) that will take place from Palau, an archipelago situated in the most cyclonic region on Earth, during next northern hemisphere cyclonic season. This campaign aims at obtaining the first continuous observation of surface parameters in a TC It should provide a crucial first step toward an operational use of Aeroclippers in real-time operations to improve the reliability of TCs forecasts and warning procedures.