MO and AdMU scientists join NASA’s Cloud, Aerosol and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) 2018


From left to right: Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Dr. Obiminda Cambaliza, and Dr. James Bernard O. Simpas

by Genie Lorenzo and Quirino Sugon Jr

A team of scientists from the United States an the Philippines will perform an airborne and ground-based field campaign (The Cloud, Aerosol and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment:  CAMP2Ex) from July to August 2018 to study tropical weather and aerosols in the South East Asian Region.  The CAMP2Ex project was initiated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States of America. The operations will be based in Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The CAMP2Ex Mission Management Team is composed of 6 scientists: Hal Maring (Program Science), Vidal Salazar, and Jhony R. Zavaleta (CAMP2Ex Project Manager) of NASA; Jeffrey Reid (Mission Science) of Naval Research Laboratory; and Gemma Teresa Narisma (MO Science) and James Bernard Simpas (MO Project Manager)  from Manila Observatory. Dr. Narisma is the Program Manager of the Regional Climate Systems (RCS) and Associate Director of Research at Manila Observatory. Dr. James Bernard Simpas, on the other hand, is the Program Manager of Urban Air Quality and Instrumentation Technology Development (UAQ/ITD) of Manager. Both scientists are faculty members of the Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University.

The other members of the Manila Observatory Team are composed of scientists and staff of Manila Observatory’s Urban Air Quality, with some students from Ateneo de Manila University: Dr. Obiminda Cambaliza (Co-Principal Investigator), Sam Ajoc (Collaborator), Paola Bañaga (Student), Grace Betito (Student), Melliza Cruz (Collaborator), Genievieve Lorenzo (Collaborator).

The Philippines and the South East Asian region are at high risk to Climate Change and hydro-meteorological hazards.  More studies are needed to shed light to the meteorological processes that are affecting the region, but these have been limited because of the persistent cloud cover in the region that makes satellite-based investigations difficult. So CAMP2Ex wishes to study clouds and the regional atmosphere in South East Asia where Philippines belong.

Clouds are fluffy cotton-like puffs in the atmosphere in warm sunshine; but they can also become heavy with water, darkening our days with heavy rain. The formation of clouds, particularly the cumulus and congest clouds, are affected by aerosols—fine solid particles or liquid droplets from fog, dust, air pollutants, and smoke. CAMP2Ex wishes to examine how aerosol particle concentration and composition affect the optical and microphysical properties of these cloud types, and how these in turn impact the three dimensional heating rates and fluxes that serves as feedback on the evolution of aerosols, clouds, and rain.

According to Dr. Obiminda Cambaliza, Dr. Jeff Reid and Dr. Hal Maring (principal investigator of CAMP2Ex) will be in the Philippines from December 4 – 9, 2017.  They will go to Subic to check out the hangar, accommodation, and other things. Dr. Reid already visited the country before when he gave talk entitled, “Introspection on the past, present, and future of aerosol remote sensing,” last 20 Sep 2016 at Heyden Hall, Manila Observatory. He also gave a talk on “Biomass Burning Observability and Predictability in the Maritime Continent” last 10 August 2015 in celebration of Manila Observatory’s 150th anniversary.

Below is the global simulation of clouds and aerosols by NASA for 2005-09-01 to 2005-12-31.


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