SCOOP: Study of COnvective and Orographic Precipitation

The SCOOP (Study of COnvective and Orographic Precipitation) focuses on investigating the multi-scale interactions existing between kinematic and microphysical processes during orographic precipitation events. This SCOOP website summarizes several research activities that were conducted by Prof. Friedrich and her group at the University of Colorado.

SCOOP consists of four enhanced-observation sites at several elevations along an east-west topographic transect extending from the High Plains region east of the Rocky Mountains to the Continental Divide provide direct measurements of hydrometeor characteristics, precipitation, surface meteorology and near surface radiometric fluxes across the Colorado Front Range. The observation sites are located at the U. of Colorado Campus, Marshall Field operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and at several sites at the U. of Colorado Mountain Research Station.

Prof. Friedrich and her research group also participated in and lead several research experiments related to the SCOOP activity:

TOM 2011 - Teaching flow Over Mountains: Educational project for undergraduate students to teach complex concepts in atmosphere using hands-on experiments.

ISPA 2010 - Inhibition of Snowfall by Pollution Aerosols: Studies the link between pollution aerosols and snowfall rates in the Mount Werner area near Steamboat Springs, Colorad.

NSSL radar experiment in Gunnison 2009 and Durango 2010: Study lead by NOAA's National Severe Storm Laboratory investigated the added benefit of gap-filling mobile radars in mountain terrain.