The Convective Storm Initiation Project: Further Analysis

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: School of Earth and Environment


The Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) was an international field campaign designed to observe the processes responsible for the initiation of convection in the UK. It was highly successful and provided unparallelled observations with which to understand and quantify these processes. This proposal will address specific objectives that have arisen from experience gained in the field campaign and from initial analysis of the data gathered. It will produce an understanding of the mechanisms that cause the initiation of convection which will be used by scientists within the Joint Centre for Mesoscale Modelling (JCMM) branch of the Met Office in the development of the Unified Model. The objectives will be achieved by analysing and synthesising CSIP data alongside modelling activities focussed on interpreting the data.


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Description Additional mechanisms and phenomena important for the initiation of convection were understood.
Exploitation Route Some aspects have already been used as evidence for moving forward to an improved model. The individual cases studied can be used as cumulative knowledge for the initiation of convection.
Sectors Environment

Description Results have been used to provide evidence for forecast improvement and resulted in operational forecast moving to 1.5 km resolution from 4 km resolution.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Environment
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services