Ground based observations of radiative and convective fluxes and soil moisture over the Plateau at a limited but representative set of permanent sites

CEOP-AEGIS

From 05/2008 to 04/2013

Principal Investigator: Thomas Foken
Staff: Wolfgang Babel, Tobias Biermann

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Namco Panorama


Ground based observations of radiative and turbulent fluxes and soil moisture over the Plateau at a limited but representative set of permanent sites, with data quality and footprint analysis for up-scaling on satellite grid elements. The whole project will deliver a prototype Water Balance Monitoring System and a three year data set including observations of the water balance terms on weekly and monthly basis. The system will reply on an existing and expanding network of observatories and on spaceborne observing systems for which data continuity is guaranteed. A Database Management System will be put in place in Lhasa and operated by a research organisation. It is highly likely that the system will remain in operation beyond project completion. These observations will contribute to clarify the role of Plateau hydrology in the onset and intensity of the Asian Monsoon and in intense precipitation. The time-series of hydrological satellite data products will be used to demonstrate an Early Warning system on droughts and one on floods.

Photograph: Nam Co site (Tibetian Plateau Institute)



Homepage: http://www.ceop-aegis.org/

List of publications of this Project

Gerken, T; Babel, W; Hoffmann, A; Biermann, T; Herzog, M; Friend, AD; Li, M; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: Turbulent flux modelling with a simple 2-layer soil model and extrapolated surface temperature applied at Nam Co Lake basin on the Tibetan Plateau, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 1095-1110 (2012), doi:10.5194/hess-16-1095-2012 [Link] -- Details
Zhou, D; Eigenmann, R; Babel, W; Foken, T; Ma, Y: Study of near-ground free convection conditions at Nam Co station on the Tibetan Plateau, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 105, 217-228 (2011), doi:10.1007/s00704-010-0393-5 -- Details
Babel, W; Huneke, S; Foken, T: A framework to utilize turbulent flux measurements for mesoscale models and remote sensing applications, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 8, 5165-5225 (2011), doi:10.5194/hessd-8-1-2011 -- Details
Gerken, T; Babel, W; Hoffmann, A; Biermann, T; Herzog, M; Friend, AD; Li, M; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: Turbulent flux modelling with a simple 2-layer soil model and extrapolated surface temperature applied at Nam Co Lake basin on the Tibetan Plateau, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 8, 10275–10309 (2011) -- Details


Related links:
  • Experiment: Nam Co 2009: Investigation of energy fluxes on the Tibetan Plateau
  • Experiment: Nam Co 2010: Humidity measurements on the Tibetan Plateau
  • Field of research: Tibet Plateau Research: Tibet Plateau Research
  • Project: DFG Fo 226/18-1,2 (SPP 1372): Mesoscale circulations and energy and Gas exchange over the Tibetan Plateau
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