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Researchers Capture Clouds

Measurement campaign in Jülich will record the spatial structure of clouds in the atmosphere

Jülich, 18 March 2013. We see clouds as great, bright formations in the sky. In reality, they are made up of vast quantities of minuscule water droplets and ice particles of various sizes and shapes. In the High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction – HD(CP)2 project, researchers are investigating the spatial structure and composition of clouds. As part of the project, they will conduct an extensive measurement campaign in the area surrounding Forschungszentrum Jülich from April to July 2013. The some 120 researchers from 16 institutions participating in the project hope that it will lead to a breakthrough in our understanding of how clouds and precipitation are formed as well as to much improved weather and climate models. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has granted HD(CP)2 funding worth around € 11 million until 2015.

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