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We sat down with the Principal Investigators (PI) of DC3 and asked them a few questions that help explain why this research project is so exciting to atmospheric science and the study of greenhouse gases.
|5 layers of the atmosphere.
Image courtesy of NASA.
|Thunderstorm squall line diagram|
When the air cools, some of the N & O atoms bond to form NO (nitric oxide) while the rest reform N2 & O2
The same process occurs in a combustion engine
|DC3 ground-based research locations|
There are sufficient facilities - radar, mobile radar, lightning detection arrays, etc. located in each area
The likelihood of convection happening in one of the three locations is high
Scientists have the ability to contrast different environments
|Diagram depicting DC3 operations.|
*NOTE: Advanced weather and chemical forecast models will be used to predict where storms will likely occur the next day and where the air will go once the storm has transported constituents to the upper-troposphere.