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Global Hawk Pacific  ( Winter 2010 mission ) - Support at GSFC

Starting March 1st, 2010 NASA Global Hawk will be flying over the Pacific Ocean, from the Arctic to the Equator for its first Atmospheric Chemistry experiment. This mission will take place out of Dryden Flight Research Center and is expected to encompass the entire offshore Pacific region with four to five 30 hour flights.

These GloPac flights are designed to address various science objectives:

1. validation and scientific collaboration with NASA earth-monitoring satellite missions, principally the Aura satellite,
2. observations of stratospheric trace gases in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere from the mid-latitudes into the tropics,
3. sampling of polar stratospheric air and the break-up fragments of the air that move into the mid-latitudes,
4. measurements of dust,
5. measurements of streamers of moist air from the central tropical Pacific that move onto the West Coast of the United States (atmospheric rivers).

See GEOS-5 Configuration for GloPac at the GEOS-5 Wiki.

Supporting Forecasts and Data

IMPORTANT: Please note that these predictions are experimental and are produced for research purposes only. Use of these forecasts for purposes other than research is not recommended.


GMAO Website Curator: James Gass
Responsible NASA Official: Steven Pawson
Last Modified: 2011-07-6 EDT