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SAFARI 2000 Upper Air Meteorological Profiles, Skukuza, Dry Seasons 1999-2000

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Data setSAFARI 2000 Upper Air Meteorological Profiles, Skukuza, Dry Seasons 1999-2000
Release date2004-09-13
ProjectSAFARI 2000 (S2K)
Time Period1999-08-14 to 2000-09-23


Vaisala RS80 sondes were deployed from Skukuza Airport, South Africa, to collect atmospheric sounding profiles of temperature and moisture data from the surface to 30 km. These sonde launches were coordinated to augment the regional sounding network in the region during the SAFARI 2000 Dry Season Campaigns of 1999 and 2000. The radiosondes were launched from Skukuza Airport between August 14-September 3, 1999, and between August 24-September 23, 2000. The radiosonde instrument package RS80 measured the following meteorological parameters: pressure in hecto-Pascals (P), ambient temperature in degrees Celsius (T), and relative humidity in percentage (RH). A hydrostatic equation was applied to the recorded data, after error-checking, to calculate the output parameters: height above sea level in meters, dew point temperature in degrees Celsius, and q (g/kg) which is specific humidity in grams per kilogram.


Data set reference document


Swap, R.J., S.J. Piketh, K.E. Ross, M. Barenbrug, and K.A. Billmark. 2004. SAFARI 2000 Upper Air Meteorological Profiles, Skukuza, Dry Seasons 1999-2000. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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SAFARI 2000 (S2K): The SAFARI 2000 project was an international science initiative to study the linkages between land and atmosphere processes in the southern African region. In addition, SAFARI 2000 examined the relationship of biogenic, pyrogenic, and anthropogenic emissions and the consequences of their deposition to the functioning of the biogeophysical and biogeochemical systems of southern Africa. This initiative, which was conducted in 1999-2001, was built around a number of ongoing, already-funded activities by NASA, the international community, and African nations in the southern African region.

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