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Measurements from the RV Ronald H. Brown and related platforms as part of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC)

Patricia K. Quinn1, Elizabeth Thompson2, Derek J. Coffman1, Sunil Baidar3,4, Ludovic Bariteau2, Timothy S. Bates1,5, Sebastien Bigorre6, Alan Brewer4, Gijs de Boer2,3, Simon P. de Szoeke7, Kyla Drushka8, Gregory R. Foltz9, Janet Intrieri2, Suneil Iyer8, Chris W. Fairall2, Cassandra J. Gaston10, Friedhelm Jansen11, James E. Johnson1,5, Ovid O. Krüger12, Richard D. Marchbanks3,4, Kenneth P. Moran2,3, David Noone13, Sergio Pezoa2, Robert Pincus2,3, Albert J. Plueddemann6, Mira L. Pöhlker12, Ulrich Pöschl12, Estefania Quinones Melendez7, Haley M. Royer10, Malgorzata Szczodrak10, Jim Thomson8, Lucia M. Upchurch1,5, Chidong Zhang1, Dongxiao Zhang1,5, and Paquita Zuidema10 Patricia K. Quinn et al.
  • 1NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), Seattle, WA, USA
  • 2NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL), Boulder, CO, USA
  • 3Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 4NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL), Boulder, CO, USA
  • 5Cooperative Institute for Climate Ocean and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 6Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • 7Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • 8University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Seattle, WA
  • 9NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Miami, FL, USA
  • 10Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
  • 11Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
  • 12Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • 13University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ

Abstract. The Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC) took place from January 7 to July 11, 2020 in the tropical North Atlantic between the eastern edge of Barbados and 51° W, the longitude of the Northwest Tropical Atlantic Station (NTAS) mooring. Measurements were made to gather information on shallow atmospheric convection, the effects of aerosols and clouds on the ocean surface energy budget, and mesoscale oceanic processes. Multiple platforms were deployed during ATOMIC including the NOAA RV Ronald H. Brown (RHB) (Jan. 7 to Feb. 13) and WP-3D Orion (P-3) aircraft (Jan. 17 to Feb. 10), the University of Colorado's RAAVEN Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) (Jan. 24 to Feb. 15), NOAA- and NASA-sponsored Saildrones (Jan. 12 to Jul. 11), and Surface Velocity Program Salinity (SVPS) surface ocean drifters (Jan. 23 to Apr. 29). The RV Ronald H. Brown conducted in situ and remote sensing measurements of oceanic and atmospheric properties with an emphasis on mesoscale oceanic-atmospheric coupling and aerosol-cloud interactions. In addition, the ship served as a launching pad for Wave Gliders, Surface Wave Instrument Floats with Tracking (SWIFTs), and radiosondes. Details of measurements made from the RV Ronald H. Brown, ship-deployed assets, and other platforms closely coordinated with the ship during ATOMIC are provided here. These platforms include Saildrone 1064 and the RAAVEN UAS as well as the Barbados Cloud Observatory (BCO) and Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory (BACO). Inter-platform comparisons are presented to assess consistency in the data sets. Data sets from the RV Ronald H. Brown and deployed assets have been quality controlled and are publicly available at the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) ATOMIC ftp server (ftp://ftp2.psl.noaa.gov/Projects/ATOMIC/data/ (Quinn et al., 2020). In addition, the data have been submitted to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) data archive (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/) for Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Point of contact information and links to individual data sets are provided herein.

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ATOMIC took place in the northwest tropical Atlantic during January and February of 2020 to gather information on shallow atmospheric convection, the effects of aerosols and clouds on the ocean surface energy budget, and mesoscale oceanic processes. Measurements made from the NOAA RV Ronald H. Brown and assets it deployed (instrumented mooring and uncrewed seagoing vehicles) are described herein to advance widespread use of the data by the ATOMIC and broader research communities.
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