Authors

F. Cairo, Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e Del Clima ISAC-CNR, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy
J.P. Pommereau, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
K.S. Law, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
H. Schlager, Deutsches Zentrum f̈ur Luft-und Raumfahrt, Institut f̈ur Physik der Atmospḧare, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
A. Garnier, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
F. Fierli, Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e Del Clima ISAC-CNR, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy
M. Ern, ICG-1, Forschungszentrum J̈ulich, J̈ulich, Germany
M. Streibel, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
S. Arabas, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
S. Borrmann, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany
J.J. Berthelier, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
C. Blom, Universiẗat Karlsruhe, Germany
T. Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute, Germany
F. D'Amato, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Firenze, Italy
G. Di Donfrancesco, Ente Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Frascati, Italy
Terry Deshler, University of WyomingFollow
A. Diedhiou, LTHE, Universit́e J.Fourier, Institut de Recherche Pour le Developpement-France, Grenoble, France
G. Durry, Universit́e de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
O. Engelsen, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Oslo, Norway
F. Goutail, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
N.R.P. Harris, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
E.R.T. Kerstel, University of Groningen, Netherlands
S. Khaykin, Central Aerological Observatory, Russian Federation
P. Konopka, ICG-1, Forschungszentrum J̈ulich, Germany
A. Kylling, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway
N. Larsen, Danish Meteorological Institute, Germany
T. Lebel, LTHE, Universit́e J.Fourier, Institut de Recherche Pour le Developpement-France, Grenoble, France
X. Liu
A.R. MacKenzie, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
J. Nielsen, Danish Meteorological Institute, Germany
A. Oulanowski, Central Aerological Observatory, Russian Federation
D.J. Parker, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
J. Pelon, LATMOS, CNRS, Universit́e de Versailles St-Quentin, France
J. Polcher
J. A. Pyle
F. Ravegnani
E. D. Riviere
A. D. Robinson
T. Rockmann
C. Schiller
E. Simoes
L. Stefanutti
F. Stroh
L. Some
P. Siegmund
N. Sitnikov
J. P. Vernier
C. M. Volk
C. Voigt
M. von Hobe
S. Viciani
V. Yushkov

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-3-2010

Abstract

A multi-platform field measurement campaign involving aircraft and balloons took place over West Africa between 26 July and 25 August 2006, in the frame of the concomitant AMMA Special Observing Period and SCOUT-O3 African tropical activities.

Specifically aiming at sampling the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, the high-altitude research aircraft M55 Geophysica was deployed in Ouagadougou (12.3° N, 1.7° W), Burkina Faso, in conjunction with the German D-20 Falcon, while a series of stratospheric balloons and sonde flights were conducted from Niamey (13.5° N, 2.0& E), Niger. Altogether, these measurements were intended to provide experimental evidence for a better understanding of large scale transport, assessing the effect of lightning on NOx production, and studying the impact of intense mesoscale convective systems on water, aerosol, dust and chemical species in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. The M55 Geophysica carried out five local and four transfer flights between southern Europe and the Sahel and back, while eight stratospheric balloons and twenty-nine sondes were flown from Niamey. These experiments allowed a characterization of the tropopause and lower stratosphere of the region. The paper provides an overview of SCOUT-AMMA campaign activities together with a description of the meteorology of the African monsoon and the situation prevailing during the flights and a brief summary of the observations accomplished.

DOI

10.5194/acp-10-2237-2010

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