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https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2022-155
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2022-155
Submitted as: development and technical paper
29 Jun 2022
Submitted as: development and technical paper | 29 Jun 2022
Status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal GMD and is expected to appear here in due course.

The Mission Support System (MSS v7.0.0) and its use in planning for the SouthTRAC aircraft campaign

Reimar Bauer1, Jens-Uwe Grooß1, Jörn Ungermann1, May Bär1, Markus Geldenhuys1, and Lars Hoffmann2,3 Reimar Bauer et al.
  • 1Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung (IEK-7), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany
  • 2Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany
  • 3Center for Advanced Simulation and Analytics (CASA), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany

Abstract. The Mission Support System (MSS) is an open source software package that has been used for planning flight tracks of scientific aircraft in multiple measurements campaigns during the last decade. It consists of three major components: a web map server located close to the model data storage site that is capable of producing a variety of 2-D figures from 4-D meteorological data; a client application capable of displaying the figures in combination with the planned flight track and an assortment of additional information; a new collaboration server component that enables real-time collaboration of multiple remote parties. During the last decade, these components were constantly improved towards being simple to setup and use and standard compliant.

Here, we describe the use of MSS during the SouthTRAC measurement campaign in 2019. This campaign, based in Rio Grande, Argentinia, used the German research aircraft HALO to investigate several scientific objectives related to the Southern Hemisphere chemistry and dynamics. We present the diverse data products offered by the MSS web map server dedicated to the campaign, which were derived from European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) forecast data, Chemical Lagrangian Model of the Stratosphere (CLaMS) simulations, and Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) near-realtime brightness temperature measurements. As example for how the MSS software is used in conjunction with the different data sets, we describe the planning of a single flight, which eventually took place on the 12th of September 2019, probing orographic gravity waves propagating up into the lower mesosphere.

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gmd-2022-155', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Jul 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Joern Ungermann, 20 Sep 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on gmd-2022-155', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Joern Ungermann, 20 Sep 2022

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gmd-2022-155', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Jul 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Joern Ungermann, 20 Sep 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on gmd-2022-155', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Joern Ungermann, 20 Sep 2022

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Model code and software

Mission Support System v7.0.0 Bauer, R., Ungermann, J., Grooß, J.-U., Rolf, C., Rautenhaus, M., and MSS AUTHORS https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6627221

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The Mission Support System (MSS) is an open source software package that has been used for planning flight tracks of scientific aircraft in multiple measurements campaigns during the last decade. Here, we describe the MSS software and its use during the SouthTRAC measurement campaign in 2019. As example for how the MSS software is used in conjunction with many data sets, we describe the planning of a single flight probing orographic gravity waves propagating up into the lower mesosphere.