Bruce Baker is a co-author on a manuscript entitled, “Developing a coordinated National Soil Moisture Network to integrate soil moisture data for the United States,” which has been accepted by EOS.
From 12-14 April, Temple Lee and Michael Buban participated in the eighth intensive observation period (IOP) of the Meso 18-19 field experiment. During the IOP, Temple and Michael performed seven weather balloon launches from Auburn, Alabama. Data from these launches, as well as from other teams in the field, were assimilated into operational weather forecast models in real-time. These datasets will also be used to support future research on severe weather genesis in the southeastern U.S.
On 19 April, Temple Lee gave an invited seminar at the University of Virginia, entitled “New approaches for observing land-atmosphere interactions: results from recent field campaigns.” In his presentation, Temple described recent research using small unmanned aircraft systems in several of the field experiments in which ATDD has been involved, including the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment in the Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), the Land Atmosphere Feedback Experiment (LAFE), and a field study on the Great American eclipse of August 2017.