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The new TREX

Many of you know that in addition to being a weather blogger extraordinaire, I am also a PhD student in my free time. Yes, clearly in that order. (I study geophysics at Yale for those of you who are wondering.) Things in the weather world have been fairly quiet recently, but the academic world is heating up for me. I thought I'd let everyone here know that for the bulk of March I will be on a field campaign based in the Owens Valley of California.

The project is called the Terrain Induced Rotor Experiment (TREX) and is being funded by the National Science Foundation and based out of the White Mountain Research Station in Bishop, CA. The research station is run by the University of California but the project is being organized by the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV. The campaign is comprised of a wide variety of researchers, ground based instrumentation, and three research aircraft.

My contribution will be to hopefully get a flight or two aboard the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)'s new high-altitude research jet and then move on to California. I will be deploying a mobile radar in Sequoia National Park and then driving around to the Owens Valley where I will be setting up time-lapsed cameras and recording video footage for a documentary on the project. Collaborating institutions include: the Desert Research Institute, NCAR, U. California, U. Utah, U. Colorado, Colorado State, U. Wyoming, North Carolina State, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Naval Research Labs, Army Research Labs White Sands Testing Range, U. Innsbruck (Austria), U. New Hampshire, U. Leads (UK), German Center for Air and Space Travel, Yale, Stanford, Harvard, UK Met Office, and U. Houston.

I will post pictures and updates on the project as time goes along. For those who are interested, a web site has been established to share the data. You can also read the full project proposal.

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