Regional Atmospheric Measurement Modeling and Prediction Program (RAMMPP)

Summer 2001 Aircraft Research Update for: June 10

Perhaps good things do indeed come to those who wait. It looks like this week will bring a ozone/haze event to the mid-Atlantic. Although subject to a final decision Monday June 11, we are planning a multi-day deployment of the aircraft to Richmond, Virginia (RIC). Objectives of the series of flights we propose to conduct out of RIC will be to:
1. perform in situ evaluations of Richmond profiler/RASS data
2. investigate regional-scale pollutant transport to central Virginia
3. characterize planetary boundary layer (PBL) height, dynamics and development
4. investigate cross-corridor (I-95 transport corridor; Richmond metropolitan area) differences in air quality aloft
5. acquire in situ data for air pollution hindcasting and photochemical modeling

Current plan is to ferry to RIC early morning on Tuesday June 12, conduct flight operations around the Richmond area for 2-3 days, then return to Maryland. While at RIC we will stage out of Richmond Jet Center (804-226-7200 and ask for "N500Z Crew") in the General Aviation facility at RIC airport. Draft flight plans are available from the Principal Investigator upon request on Monday June 11.

Check back at the end of the week for preliminary flight summaries.