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Fresh weather data will provide insights into marine clouds research

28-11-2017Source:China Meteorological News Press

On November 16, China's most advanced research vessel, named Ke Xue (Science), completed its 2017 scientific expedition in the western Pacific Ocean. In 33 days this ocean expedition traversed 5,600 nautical miles. During this expedition, Meteorological Observation Center (hereinafter referred to as MOC) with the China Meteorological Administration also made the marine meteorology observation a success.

Ke Xue vessel sailes from the home port. Photo by Hu Shuzhen

To understand the formation and evolution of clouds in low latitude area of the western Pacific Ocean and get insights into their macro- and micro property, MOC conducted the cloud observation in the western Pacific Ocean with millimeter-wave cloud radar and all sky imager onboard Ke Xue. The meteorological group released four meteorological drifting buoys as a way of collecting marine weather data. As a result, this ocean expedition provides a sea of first-hand data to study marine clouds and is bound to enhance the capability of marine meteorological observation for China.

Relevant experts work in the storm. Photo by Hu Shuzhen

During this scientific mission, Ke Xue went through three typhoons, namely, Super Typhoon Lan, Typhoon Saola and Haikui. The vessel sailed from Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, and headed for western Pacific Ocean where relevant experts conducted scientific investigation on marine organism, ecology, geology, physics, and chemistry, etc. (November 28)

A member of this scientific investigation group is releasing a weather balloon. Photo by Hu Shuzhen

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