PECAN Planning Meeting May 2014

PECAN Planning Meeting

Location: EOL Atrium, FL1, NCAR Foothills Lab, on Mitchell Lane in Boulder, CO.

NOTE: The presentations are password protected for PECAN Investigators only. For access, please contact the Principal Investigators listed in the PECAN Contacts Section below.

Monday, 12 May
0830 Coffee/refreshments/breakfast
Morning PECAN science overview (Moderator: David Parsons)
0900-0910 Round-table introductions
0910-0920 Welcome (Vanda Grubiŝić, EOL Director)
0920-0930 Discussion of the agenda (Bart Geerts, UW)
0930-1015 Nocturnal MSCs: dynamics, microphysics, forecast challenges (Russ Schumacher, CSU)
1015-1030 Break
1030-1115 Nocturnal undular bores: theory, observations, and forecasting (Steve Koch, NSSL)
1115-1145 Nocturnal convection initiation: climatology and forecast challenge (Howie "Cb" Bluestein, OU Norman)
1145-1200 Pecan Funding Status (Dave Parsons)
1200 Lunch
1230 Walk and talk on a Boulder trail
Early Afternoon 5 minute science talks (Moderator: Bart Geerts)
1300-1445 Summaries of science objectives related to the SBL and the LLJ; MCS dynamics and microphysics; bores; CI; and data assimilation, NWP, & prediction.
Research interests, proposed research methods, and data collection priorities (Conrad Ziegler)
Pecan Mobile Radar Deployments
Initiation and Organization of Elevated Convection (Howie "Cb" Bluestein)
Improving the Understanding and Prediction of Nocturnal Convection through Advanced Data Assimilation and Ensemble Simulations for PECAN (Xuguang Wang, Dave Parsons)
1445-1500 Break
Late Afternoon Ground-based instrument network (Moderator: Jim Moore)
1500-1515 Overview of Experimental Design (Bart Geerts)
1515-1545 PECAN Integrated Sounding Array: composition, readiness, site requirements, fixed PISA siting (David Turner, NSSL)
1545-1600 S-Pol in PECAN: scanning strategies, staffing, and siting (John Hubbert, Tammy Weckwerth)
1600-1630 Mobile radars in PECAN: specs, limitations, and suggested scanning strategies (Josh Wurman, CSWR)
1630-1700 Radar and mobile PISA siting: geo-database development (Conrad Ziegler, NSSL)
1700-1730 Use of the Field Catalog (Greg Stossmeister, NCAR)
1730 Adjourn for the day


Tuesday, 13 May
0800 Coffee/refreshments/breakfast
Early Morning Aircraft payload and operations (Moderator: Jim Moore)
0830-0845 UWKA instruments (Zhien Wang, Bart Geerts)
0845-0900 UWKA base and operations (Jeff French, UW)
0900-0920 NOAA P-3 base and operations (Dave Jorgensen, NSSL)
0920-0940 NASA DC-8, including LASE (Rich Ferrare, NASA)
0940-1000 Aircraft coordination (Jim Moore, NCAR)
1000-1015 Break
Late Morning Towards a successful field campaign (Session 1) (Moderator: Jim Moore)
1015-1045 Daily activities leading up to an IOP (Parsons, Weckwerth)
1045-1130 IOP Decision making process, Steering Committee (Parsons, Geerts)
1130-1200 Operations coordination and Operations Center (Jim Moore, NCAR)
1200-1245 Lunch
1245-1315 Walk and talk on a Boulder trail
Afternoon Towards a successful field campaign (Session 2) (Moderator: Vidal Salazar)
1315-1400 Forecast and nowcast support: output requirements (Bill Gallus, ISU)
1400-1445 Mobile radar deployment strategy (Ziegler)
1445-1515 Mobile PISA deployment strategy (Turner)
1515-1530 break
1530-1615 Mobile sounding & mobile mesonet systems deployment strategy (Matt Parker, NCSU)
1615-1700 Flight tracks, flight level, time on station (Geerts, Jorgensen)
1700-1730 Communication: channels and protocols (Moore)
1730 Adjourn for the day


Wednesday, 14 May
0730 Coffee/refreshments/breakfast
Morning Towards a successful field campaign (Session 3) (Moderator: Conrad Ziegler)
0800-0830 Data management support (data policy, archival, web site) (Steve Williams, NCAR)
0830-0900 Dry Run planning: goals, daily schedule, roles, FC product list (Weckwerth)
  Logistics Issues
0900-0930 Operating at night: safety, awareness, plan B (Wurman)
0930-0950 Student support: supply vs demand for all instruments using information gained from previous talks (Kosiba)
0950-1010 Housing needs in Hays and elsewhere (Wurman, others)
1010-1030 Other Issues (calibrations, intercomparisons, etc.)
1030-1045 Break
1045-1115 Action items (Geerts)
1115-1200 Discussion, planning schedule moving forward, task assignments (Parsons)
1200 Adjourn