National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2021

Measurements from the RV Ronald H. Brown and related platforms as part of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC)

Quinn, P.K., E.J. Thompson, D.J. Coffman, S. Baidar, L. Bariteau, T.S. Bates, S. Bigorre, A. Brewer, G. de Boer, S.P. de Szoeke, K. Drushka, G.R. Foltz, J. Intrieri, S. Iyer, C.W. Fairall, C.J. Gaston, F. Jansen, J.E. Johnson, O.O. Krüger, R.D. Marchbanks, K.P. Moran, D. Noone, S. Pezoa, R. Pincus, A.J. Plueddemann, M.L. Pöhlker, U. Pöschl, E. Quinones Melendez, H.M. Royer, M. Szczodrak, J. Thomson, L.M. Upchurch, C. Zhang, D. Zhang, and P. Zuidema

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13(4), 1759–1790, doi: 10.5194/essd-13-1759-2021, View online (open access) (2021)

The Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC) took place from 7 January to 11 July 2020 in the tropical North Atlantic between the eastern edge of Barbados and 51∘ W, the longitude of the Northwest Tropical Atlantic Station (NTAS) mooring. Measurements were made to gather information on shallow atmospheric convection, the effects of aerosols and clouds on the ocean surface energy budget, and mesoscale oceanic processes. Multiple platforms were deployed during ATOMIC including the NOAA RV Ronald H. Brown (RHB) (7 January to 13 February) and WP-3D Orion (P-3) aircraft (17 January to 10 February), the University of Colorado's Robust Autonomous Aerial Vehicle-Endurant Nimble (RAAVEN) uncrewed aerial system (UAS) (24 January to 15 February), NOAA- and NASA-sponsored Saildrones (12 January to 11 July), and Surface Velocity Program Salinity (SVPS) surface ocean drifters (23 January to 29 April). The RV Ronald H. Brown conducted in situ and remote sensing measurements of oceanic and atmospheric properties with an emphasis on mesoscale oceanic–atmospheric coupling and aerosol–cloud interactions. In addition, the ship served as a launching pad for Wave Gliders, Surface Wave Instrument Floats with Tracking (SWIFTs), and radiosondes. Details of measurements made from the RV Ronald H. Brown, ship-deployed assets, and other platforms closely coordinated with the ship during ATOMIC are provided here. These platforms include Saildrone 1064 and the RAAVEN UAS as well as the Barbados Cloud Observatory (BCO) and Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory (BACO). Inter-platform comparisons are presented to assess consistency in the data sets. Data sets from the RV Ronald H. Brown and deployed assets have been quality controlled and are publicly available at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) data archive (, last access: 2 April 2021). Point-of-contact information and links to individual data sets with digital object identifiers (DOIs) are provided herein.

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