Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Poster)

Symbol A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences) » A-CG Complex & General

[A-CG06] Multi-scale ocean-atmosphere interaction in the tropics

Tue. May 24, 2016 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Tomoki Tozuka(Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo), Tangdong Qu(University of Hawaii at Manoa), Takuya Hasegawa(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Motoki Nagura(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Hiroki Tokinaga(Disaster Prevention Research Institute/Hakubi Center, Kyoto Univesity), Ayako Seiki(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Masamichi Ohba(Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Environmental Science Research Laboratory)

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

[ACG06-P03] The Pilot Aeroclipper Campaign in North Pacific Cyclones (PACNPaC)

*Hugo Bellenger1, Jean-Philippe Duvel2, Thomas Krzemien2, Ryuichi Shirooka1, Andre Vargas3, Gerard Letrenne3, Patrick Ragazzo3, Jean-Marc Nicot3, Tomoe Nasuno1, Yukari Takayabu4 (1.Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 2.Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, France, 3.Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, France, 4.Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo)

Keywords:Aeroclippers, Tropical Cyclones, Observation campaign

Tropical Cyclones (TCs) are a major threat for many tropical and subtropical coasts. Their monitoring and forecasting are thus of great importance to deliver accurate early warnings. Most of the real time data available for operational centers is however coming from satellite observations. For example, the Dvorak technique gives an indirect estimate of the wind intensity based on the structure of the cyclone cloudiness. Yet, there is no device able to measure continuously the surface pressure in the eye of the TC that is critical to follow the evolution of its intensity.
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.