Land-Surface Atmosphere Interactions: Observations and Data Sets

IHOP/NCAR Soil Moisture, Soil Temperature, and Vegetation Observation Network


The boundary-layer portion of the International H2O Experiment (IHOP_2002) supports its overall goal to improve convective precipitation prediction through better use and representation of water vapor in numerical weather prediction (NWP) models through estimating surface water vapor and sensible heat fluxes, characterizing the influence of surface properties on boundary-layer heterogeneity, and understanding the role that these play in the initiation and evolution of convective precipitation systems. Data collection and analysis were designed to provide benchmarks to enable improvements in the representation of land-surface and boundary-layer processes in NWP models. >more

Surface Observations

Aircraft Observations

IHOP Workshop Summary


Holt, T., D. Niyogi, F. Chen, K. Manning, M. A. LeMone, A. Qureshi, 2006: Effect of Land-Atmosphere Interactions on the IHOP 24-25 May 2002 Convection Case, Mon. Wea. Rev, Vol,134,113-133

LeMone, M.A., F. Chen, J.G. Alfieri, M. Tewari, B. Geerts, Q. Miao, R.L. Grossman, and R.L. Coulter, 2006: Influence of land cover, soil moisture, and terrain on the horizontal distribution of sensible and latent heat fluxes and boundary layer structure in southeast Kansas during IHOP_2002 and CASES-97 . J. Hydrometeorology , in press.

LeMone, M.A., F. Chen, J. Alfieri, R. Cuenca, Y. Hagimoto, P. Blanken, D. Niyogi, S. Kang, K. Davis, and R. Grossman, 2006: NCAR/CU surface, soil, and vegetation observation network during the IHOP_2002 field campaign . Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. , in press.

Alfieri, J.G., D. Niyogi, M.A. LeMone, F. Chen, and S. Fall, 2006: A simple reclassification method for correcting uncertainty in land use/land cover datasets used with land surface models. . , Submitted to IMPA Special Issue for Atmospheric Environment.

Weckwerth, T.W., D.B. Parsons, S.E. Koch, J.A. Moore, M.A. LeMone, B.B. Demoz, C. Flamant, B. Geerts, J. Wang, and W. Feltz, 2004: An overview of the International H2O Project (IHOP 2002) and some preliminary highlights . Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. , 85, 253-277.