Investigate Cloud and Convection Processes in Scs-Mc by Using Satellite Data (Ii)(2/2)

Project Details


The South China Sea - Maritime Continent (SCS-MC) area is at the western Pacific warm pool. Dueto its unique location, the convection is not only active but also with significant diurnal cycle, and has thecharacteristics of multiple scales of weather and climate regimes. On the other hand, Japanese Himawari-8was launched in October 2014 and in operational mode since July 2015. It is the most advanced satellite inthe geostationary orbit as of now, and with high quality 16-channels reflectance/radiances data at every 10minutes temporal resolution. Therefore, this research is designed to use Himwari-8 data to investigate theclouds and convections and the associated variability in SCS-MC. Due to the lack of Himawari-8 optimalcloud products in the target region, the first year will investigate the estimation of cloud microphysicalparameters from the synergistic use of NASA EOS A-Train Aqua’s MODIS, AIRS, CALIPSO and CloudSatdata. The second year will focus on the validation and verification of retrieved cloud parameters. Thepreliminary analysis of cloud’s diurnal variability will be conducted as well. The third will consolidate thediurnal variability of clouds, and link to the convection system. It is anticipated to improve the knowledgeand understanding to the clouds and convections in SCS-MC through the optimal use of meteorologicalsatellite observation.
Effective start/end date1/08/1831/08/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Himawari-8
  • cloud microphysics parameters
  • convection system
  • diurnal cycle variability


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