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The Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS): the scientific strategy, the field phase, and research highlights

Wulfmeyer, Volker and Behrendt, Andreas and Kottmeier, Christoph and Corsmeier, Ulrich and Barthlott, Christian and Craig, George C. and Hagen, Martin and Althausen, Dietrich and Aoshima, Fumiko and Arpagaus, Marco and Bauer, Hans-Stefan and Bennett, Lindsay and Blyth, Alan and Brandau, Christine and Champollion, Cédric and Crewell, Susanne and Dick, Galina and Di Girolamo, Paolo and Dorninger, Manfred and Dufournet, Yann and Eigenmann, Rafael and Engelmann, Ronny and Flamant, Cyrille and Foken, Thomas and Gorgas, Theresa and Grzeschik, Matthias and Handwerker, Jan and Hauck, Christian and Höller, Hartmut and Junkermann, Wolfgang and Kalthoff, Norbert and Kiemle, Christoph and Klink, Stefan and König, Marianne and Krauss, Liane and Long, Charles N. and Madonna, Fabio and Mobbs, Stephen and Neininger, Bruno and Pal, Sandip and Peters, Gerhard and Pigeon, Grégoire and Richard, Evelyne and Rotach, Mathias W. and Russchenberg, Herman and Schwitalla, Thomas and Smith, Victoria and Steinacker, Reinhold and Trentmann, Jörg and Turner, David D. and van Baelen, Joel and Vogt, Siegfried and Volkert, Hans and Weckwerth, Tammy and Wernli, Heini and Wieser, Andreas and Wirth, Martin (2011) The Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS): the scientific strategy, the field phase, and research highlights. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137, pp. 3-30. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/qj.752 ISSN 0035-9009

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Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.752/abstract

Abstract

Within the framework of the international field campaign COPS (Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study), a large suite of state-of-the-art meteorological instrumentation was operated, partially combined for the first time. This includes networks of in situ and remote-sensing systems such as the Global Positioning System as well as a synergy of multi-wavelength passive and active remote-sensing instruments such as advanced radar and lidar systems. The COPS field phase was performed from 01 June to 31 August 2007 in a low-mountain area in southwestern Germany/eastern France covering the Vosges mountains, the Rhine valley and the Black Forest mountains. The collected data set covers the entire evolution of convective precipitation events in complex terrain from their initiation, to their development and mature phase until their decay. Eighteen Intensive Observation Periods with 37 operation days and eight additional Special Observation Periods were performed, providing a comprehensive data set covering different forcing conditions. In this article, an overview of the COPS scientific strategy, the field phase, and its first accomplishments is given. Highlights of the campaign are illustrated with several measurement examples. It is demonstrated that COPS research provides new insight into key processes leading to convection initiation and to the modification of precipitation by orography, in the improvement of quantitative precipitation forecasting by the assimilation of new observations, and in the performance of ensembles of convection-permitting models in complex terrain.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/69760/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS): the scientific strategy, the field phase, and research highlights
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Wulfmeyer, VolkerUniv. of Hohenheim, StuttgartUNSPECIFIED
Behrendt, AndreasUniv. of Hohenheim, StuttgartUNSPECIFIED
Kottmeier, ChristophKIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Corsmeier, UlrichKIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Barthlott, ChristianKIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Craig, George C.DLRUNSPECIFIED
Hagen, MartinDLRUNSPECIFIED
Althausen, DietrichLeibniz Inst. for Tropospheric Research, LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Aoshima, FumikoUniv. of Hohenheim, StuttgartUNSPECIFIED
Arpagaus, MarcoMeteo Swiss, Zurich, CHUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, Hans-StefanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bennett, LindsayUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Blyth, AlanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brandau, ChristineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Champollion, CédricUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Crewell, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dick, GalinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Di Girolamo, PaoloUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dorninger, ManfredUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dufournet, YannUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Eigenmann, RafaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Engelmann, RonnyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Flamant, CyrilleUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Foken, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gorgas, TheresaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grzeschik, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Handwerker, JanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hauck, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Höller, HartmutDLRUNSPECIFIED
Junkermann, WolfgangUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kalthoff, NorbertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kiemle, ChristophDLRUNSPECIFIED
Klink, StefanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
König, MarianneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krauss, LianeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Long, Charles N.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Madonna, FabioUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mobbs, StephenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Neininger, BrunoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pal, SandipUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Peters, GerhardUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pigeon, GrégoireUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Richard, EvelyneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rotach, Mathias W.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Russchenberg, HermanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schwitalla, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Smith, VictoriaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Steinacker, ReinholdUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Trentmann, JörgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Turner, David D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
van Baelen, JoelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vogt, SiegfriedUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Volkert, HansDLRUNSPECIFIED
Weckwerth, TammyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wernli, HeiniUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wieser, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wirth, MartinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2011
Journal or Publication Title:Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:137
DOI :10.1002/qj.752
Page Range:pp. 3-30
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0035-9009
Status:Published
Keywords:convection; aerosol–cloud–precipitation microphysics; data assimilation; land-surface exchange; orography; quantitative precipitation forecasting; thermally induced flow; verification
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space, Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation, ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt, Aeronautics
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung, L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung, L - Climate, Weather and Environment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Freund, Jana
Deposited On:09 May 2011 14:11
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:31

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