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Campaign Summary

Inclusive Dates June 9-30, 2007
Campaign Location Ponca City, Oklahoma
Principal Investigator Dr. Charles K. Gatebe
Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Michael D. King
Pilots David Thrasher and Scott Kaiser
Online Photo Album CLASIC Photos


CAR Data Summary

CAR Missions Flown 11
Dates for CAR Measurements June 13-25




CAR Mission (Flight) Pages
(Click on flight number or map to load mission page)

Flight # 1919   2007-06-13
Flight map for flight number 1919
Flight # 1920   2007-06-16
Flight map for flight number 1920
Flight # 1921   2007-06-18
Flight map for flight number 1921
Flight # 1922   2007-06-19
Flight map for flight number 1922
Flight # 1923   2007-06-20
Flight map for flight number 1923
Flight # 1924   2007-06-21
Flight map for flight number 1924
Flight # 1925   2007-06-22
Flight map for flight number 1925
Flight # 1926   2007-06-22
Flight map for flight number 1926
Flight # 1927   2007-06-23
Flight map for flight number 1927
Flight # 1928   2007-06-24
Flight map for flight number 1928
Flight # 1929   2007-06-25
Flight map for flight number 1929


Campaign Objective: 

CLASIC (Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign) focuses on advancing the understanding of how land surface processes influence cumulus convection. Cumulus convection is an important component in the atmospheric radiation budget and hydrologic cycle of the US Southern Grain Plain (encompassing sites in Oklahoma and Kansas), particularly during the summertime growing season. Human induced changes in the land surface structure associated with plowing, crop rotation, and irrigation can induce changes in the surface latent heat flux, sensible heat flux, albedo, and carbon flux. Changes in surface energy balance and moisture transport to the boundary layer influence cloud processes, thus create a feedback loop.

CLASIC measurements for the intensive observing period were taken between June 9-30, 2007 with main operations based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The measurements were conducted with a wide range of instruments at ground sites, on aircraft, and satellites. The main ground locations include the Southern Grain Plain Central Facility (36.60°N, 97.48°E), Little Washita (35.044°N, 97.914°W), and the Forest Site.

CLASIC was collocated with the CHAPS (Cumulus Humilis, Aerosol Processing Study) campaign, which focus on characterizing and contrasting freshly emitted aerosols above, within and below fields of cumulus humilis (fair-weather cumulus, FWC) and to use these observations to address how below-cloud and above-cloud aerosol optical and cloud nucleating properties differ downwind of a mid-size city relative to similar aerosols in air less affected by emissions. The observations from this campaign will also be used to aid in the development and evaluation of parameterizations of the transformation and transport of these aerosols by FWC for use in regional-scale and Global Climate Models.

Nine instrumented research aircraft: NASA aircraft (ER-2, King Air B-200, Jetstream-31, and P-3B), US Department of Energy Gulfstream-G1, the Center for Inter-Disciplinary Remotely Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) Twin Otter, Cessna 206, Duke University Observing Platform (HOP), and US Department of Agriculture Twin Otter International participated in the joint CLASIC/CHAPS experiment. Five aircraft were based in Ponca City (G-1, CIRPAS Twin Otter, Cessna 206 and Jetstream-31, three in Oklahoma City (Twin Otter International, P-3B, and HOP), and one, ER-2, in Houston, Texas.

The CAR flew aboard Sky Research Jetstream-31 and measured spectral and angular distribution of scattered light by clouds and aerosols, and provided bidirectional reflectance of various surfaces, and imagery of cloud and Earth surface features. By making such diverse measurements, our goal is to widen the audience of potential end-users and to foster collaborations among campaign participants and with outside users.

The CAR was funded by NASA's EOS Program.