Overview and Live Camera
Observations and modeling of orographic cumulus development using digital imaging and data cataloguing
The purpose of this study is to examine the transition from shallow to deep convection and the accompanying modification of the thermodynamic profile, with hopes of establishing a long term, systematic characterization of convective development under a variety of environmental conditions. We will accomplish this using digital images collected from a pair of stereo cameras, and digital image analysis and data cataloguing techniques developed at ASU, with the image data being supplemented by soundings and surface observations.
Santa Catalina Mountain Camera
The camera is located
at the Biosphere 2
in Oracle, AZ. View is toward the south
with the top of Mount Lemmon visible in
the center of the frame.
The images are being used in a study of the initiation of convection and thunderstorms associated with the North American Monsoon in Arizona.
by the National
Science Foundation, Grant #0352988,
J Zehnder, A Razdan, G Nielson, J Rowe, P McCartney
Dr. Liyan Zhang, Dr. Dianne Hansford, Nancy Selover
For further information, contact Prof. J.A. Zehnder