One of the most complete data sets of tropical convection ever collected
will result from the upcoming Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud
Experiment (TWPICE) in the area around Darwin in late 2005 and early 2006.
The aim of the experiment will be to examine convective cloud systems from
its initial stages through to the decaying and thin high level cirrus and
measure its impact on the environment. The experiment design includes an
unprecedented array of soundings and other information to support cloud
resolving and other modeling studies as well as a large range of in-situ
and remotely sensed observation platforms. The experiment is a large
multi-agency experiment including substantial contributions from the United
States DOE ARM program, NASA, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO,
EU programs and many universities.
A key component will be the fleet of aircraft including the NASA WB57, DOE
Proteus, the M55 Geophysica and DLR Falcon from Europe, and ARA Dimona,
Egrett and King Air. The ground network includes a ship as well as
several ground sites with a wide range of cloud sensing radar, lidar and