- The program started on 17 May 2009 and end on 20 September 2009.
- The total flying hours is 200. The details of the flying hours are given below.
- Training Program for the participating scientists is held during 11-14 May 2009
at IITM, Pune..
- During the program on board training of instrument calibration, data retrieval is
- Aircraft observations consist of vertical profiles and horizontal traverses.
- The program consists of Missions and Intensive Observational Periods (IOPs)
- Missions consist of aircraft moving from one base to other.
- IOP consists of aircraft observations over a region for 4-5 days.
- IOP 1: 20-29 May North India, Pathankot base Leg One
- IOP 2: 1-5 June, Banglore base Leg Second
- IOP 3: 11-25 June, Hydrabad base Leg Third
- IOP 5: 27 July - 1 August, Bay of Bengal and east coast region, Bhubaneswar base.
- IOP 6: 11- 13 August North East India, Guwahati base (70 RS/RW additional flights)
- IOP 7: 23-25 August, Monsoon Trough zone, Bhubaneswar base ( 48 RS/RW
- IOP 8 : 2-5 September Tirupati base (56 RS/RW additional flights)
- Total additional flights 524. The cost Rs. 26,20,000 @ of Rs. 5000 per flight.
- The North-South span consists of Chandigad to Trivandrum,
- West-East span consists of Ahmadabad to Guwahati.
- Vertical profiles will be taken at the RS/RW stations, locations of participating
Institutions where ground and routine aerosol observations are taken.
- After completion of 50 hours of flying and one month of observations, Meeting of the
National Steering Committee will be held to monitor the progress.
- NSC Meetings:
- 19 November 2008: 1st
- 15 May 2009: 2nd
- 20 July June: 3rd
- 18 September 4th
- 19-20 September: Workshop on Early Results.
- Co-ordination with other national / state programs such as CTCZ, state cloud seeding
operations, IITK missions.
- Daily schedule and some sample data will be available to scientists online on real time
basis. Members of NSC can monitor the programme from their place of work.
- Participating scientists will be involved in the aircraft observations.