The Coupling Between Tropical Meteorology, Aerosol Lifecycle, Convection, and Radiation during the Cloud, Aerosol and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex)

J. S. Reid, H. B. Maring, G. T. Narisma, S. Van Den Heever, L. Di Girolamo, R. Ferrare, P. Lawson, G. G. Mace, J. B. Simpas, S. Tanelli, L. Ziemba, B. Van Diedenhoven, R. Bruintjes, A. Bucholtz, Cairns B. Flynn, M. O. Cambaliza, G. Chen, G. S. Diskin, J. H. Flynn, C. A. HostetlerR. E. Holz, T. J. Lang, K. S. Schmidt, G. Smith, A. Sorooshian, E. J. Thompson, K. L. Thornhill, C. Trepte, J. Wang, S. Woods, S. Yoon, M. Alexandrov, S. Alvarez, C. G. Amiot, J. R. Bennett, M. Brooks, S. P. Burton, E. Cayanan, H. Chen, A. Collow, E. Crosbie, A. Dasilva, J. P. Digangi, D. D. Flagg, S. W. Freeman, D. Fu, E. Fukada, M. R.A. Hilario, Y. Hong, S. M. Hristova-Veleva, R. Kuehn, R. S. Kowch, G. R. Leung, J. Loveridge, K. Meyer, R. M. Miller, M. J. Montes, J. N. Moum, A. Nenes, S. W. Nesbitt, M. Norgren, E. P. Nowottnick, R. M. Rauber, E. A. Reid, S. Rutledge, J. S. Schlosser, T. T. Sekiyama, M. A. Shook, G. A. Sokolowsky, S. A. Stamnes, T. Y. Tanaka, A. Wasilewski, P. Xian, Q. Xiao, Zhuocan Xu, J. Zavaleta

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The NASA Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) employed the NASA P-3, Stratton Park Engineering Company (SPEC) Learjet 35, and a host of satellites and surface sensors to characterize the coupling of aerosol processes, cloud physics, and atmospheric radiation within the Maritime Continent's complex southwest monsoonal environment. Conducted in the late summer of 2019 from Luzon, Philippines, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research Propagation of Intraseasonal Tropical Oscillations (PISTON) experiment with its R/V Sally Ride stationed in the northwestern tropical Pacific, CAMP2Ex documented diverse biomass burning, industrial and natural aerosol populations, and their interactions with small to congestus convection. The 2019 season exhibited El Niño conditions and associated drought, high biomass burning emissions, and an early monsoon transition allowing for observation of pristine to massively polluted environments as they advected through intricate diurnal mesoscale and radiative environments into the monsoonal trough. CAMP2Ex's preliminary results indicate 1) increasing aerosol loadings tend to invigorate congestus convection in height and increase liquid water paths; 2) lidar, polarimetry, and geostationary Advanced Himawari Imager remote sensing sensors have skill in quantifying diverse aerosol and cloud properties and their interaction; and 3) high-resolution remote sensing technologies are able to greatly improve our ability to evaluate the radiation budget in complex cloud systems. Through the development of innovative informatics technologies, CAMP2Ex provides a benchmark dataset of an environment of extremes for the study of aerosol, cloud, and radiation processes as well as a crucible for the design of future observing systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1179-E1205
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • Aerosols
  • Atmosphere
  • Cloud microphysics
  • Maritime Continent
  • Monsoons
  • Radiative fluxes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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