(Formerly the Ross Island Meteorology Experiment)
Antarctic RIME Implementation Plan Antarctic RIME Publicity Poster
The Antarctic Regional Interactions Meteorology Experiment (RIME), a basic and applied research program, will explore in detail the atmospheric processes over Antarctica and their interactions with lower latitudes via the Ross sea sector, as a prerequisite to exploring the role of Antarctica in global climate variations. Local and regional measurements made during the austral summers of 2006/07, 2007/08, and 2008/09 will be complemented by an extensive numerical modeling effort to accurately simulate and understand transports of heat, water vapor, momentum and mass to and from Antarctica along with their modification by the topographic and mesoscale processes. Aircraft campaigns will be the primary regional measurement tool while ground-based measurements and remote sensing facilities will be used to investigate the Antarctic-specific processes at a field camp about 90 km to the east of McMurdo Station on Ross Island. An immediate outcome will be improved weather forecasting is support of the U.S. Antarctic Program.
Strong international collaborations will be a hallmark of Antarctic RIME that will span June 2003 to June 2012.
Nearly every study that addresses issues of global change identifies the polar regions as those most sensitive to climatic shifts. The Antarctic continent is of particular importance in global change scenarios because of its large continental ice sheets and potential impacts on sea level change. In addition, numerous teleconnections between Antarctica and lower latitudes over time scales ranging from synoptic periods to those associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and beyond have been documented in recent years. Further discussion of such issues can be found in the document - Scientific Motivation for the Ross Island Meteorology Experiment (RIME) , which has been circulated and can be found on the web at / . It is thus acknowledged that Antarctica plays a critical role pertaining to issues of global change. Yet, a physical understanding of how Antarctic processes are linked to those over the rest of the globe is lacking on all time scales.
Before links between Antarctica and the rest of the globe can be investigated, it will be necessary to thoroughly understand physical processes and transports to and from the continent. Proper representation of Antarctic processes is prerequisite to global change studies, especially since Antarctic transports are strongly tied to local topographic and mesoscale processes that are currently not resolved within global climate models (GCMs). Antarctic RIME, a basic and applied research program, is proposed to address these issues.
Antarctic RIME publications and presentations
(01/22/2005) Antarctic RIME Implementation Plan
(12/10/2004) Antarctic RIME Publicity Poster
(05/26/2004) RIME presentation at NSF, May 2004
(04/29/2004) Antarctic RIME Scientific Steering Committee
(04/29/2004) Agenda from 2nd RIME Implementation Workshop at NCAR Foothills (April 2004)
(11/06/2003) Status of RIME Implementation Plan.
(08/05/2003) Known PreRIME/RIME proposals submitted in 2003.
(08/05/2003) Funded PreRIME Projects Submitted to NSF-OPP in June 2002.
(10/22/2002) The Ross Island Meteorology Experiment (RIME): Antarctic Atmospheric Science in the 21st Century. - A presentation given by David Bromwich on Oct. 16th, 2002 at NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory (MS Powerpoint file; 7.6 MB)
(10/04/2002) List of Manuscripts for the Special Section of Monthly Weather Review on "Science of Antarctic Weather Forecasting".
(08/15/2002) RIME: An International Collaborative Investigation of Antarctic Meteorology and Climate . - A presentation given by David Bromwich on Aug. 15th, 2002 at NCAR (MS Powerpoint file)
(08/12/2002) Report on Italian - French RIME plans.
(07/08/2002) RIME: An International Collaborative Investigation of Antarctic Meteorology and Climate . - A presentation given by David Bromwich on Jul. 8th, 2002 at Bologna, Italy (MS Powerpoint file)
(04/12/2002) Ross Island Meteorology Experiment: Detailed Science Plan .
(09/14/2001) NSF Report: Antarctica: Barometer of Climate Change
(09/14/2001) Brief Study of the
Climate of Dome C from AWS Data