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A major difficulty in tropical and monsoon research is the lack of routine conventional observations in the tropical and subtropical regions. Over the past several decades, a number of field experiments took place in which large amounts of resources were spent to make special or intensive observations over selected locations of interest. The data from these field campaigns have been invaluable as the main observation bases for advancing tropical and monsoon research. These data were created and used by various organizations and research groups and their storage status is quite varying. Researchers who wish to access these data often have to contact a variety of places to obtain the data. With the passing of time, there is a danger that some of the data will be difficult or impossible to find or retrieve.

The component of field program data sets that tends to have the greatest long-term value to the scientific community is the vertical profile represented by atmospheric sounding data. These observations are used most commonly for diagnostic studies, computing large-scale forcing datasets for CRM and SCM simulations, and for the development of cloud parameterizations for weather and climate models. There is currently no central location for access to all research-quality sounding data from past monsoon and tropical field experiments. NCAR has holdings from some past experiments, but the collections are by no means complete.

The Center for Monsoon Field Campaign Legacy Data Sets at Colorado State University will continue to collect and archive relevant field campaign data sets and make them available to the research community.



ATEX LOGO ATEX 1969
Atlantic Tradewind EXperiment

BOMEX LOGO BOMEX 1969
Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological EXperiment

GATE LOGO GATE 1974
GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment

WMONEX LOGO WMONEX 1978
Winter MONsoon EXperiment

ASTEX LOGO ASTEX 1992
Atlantic Stratocumulus Transition EXperiment

TOGA-COARE LOGO TOGA COARE 1992-1993
Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere - Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment

SCSMEX LOGO SCSMEX 1998
South China Sea Monsoon EXperiment

SALLJEX LOGO SALLJEX 2002-2003
South American Low Level Jet EXperiment

NAME LOGO NAME 2004
North American Monsoon Experiment

NAMMA LOGO NAMMA 2006
NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses

TIMREX LOGO TIMREX 2008
Terrain-Influenced Monsoon Rainfall EXperiment


The Center for Monsoon Field Campaign Legacy Data Sets has been approved by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). Access to all of these datasets, except for GATE and WMONEX, is currently available. Work is underway to identify and compile additional datasets from past field programs that should be archived and made accessible before they are lost forever. For the long term, it is important to arrange for permanent data centers to receive redundant copies of the data to ensure longevity of these important monsoon and tropical datasets.


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