End of an Exciting Flight
This photograph was taken at the end of the first C-130 flight sampling Pocket of Open Cells (POCs) regions within the stratus
clouds that are more open. They have interested cloud scientists
because it is unclear how they form and how they keep themselves
going. They may rely on completely different cloud physics
from the surrounding stratus clouds.
A lot of data on POC aerosol and cloud properties was collected
on this flight that will help us develop a picture
of what is happening, which is not yet textbook science. This photograph shows
Rob Wood, the mission scientist, at the end of the long flight. Hopefully
some of the excitement and pride in the successful flight is being
conveyed here. The clock shows the Greenwich Mean Time - 13 GMT is
10:00 AM local time, or 7 hours after our 3:00 AM takeoff time.
Postcards from the Field: Climate Science from the Southeast Pacific