The origin of P3 Lab

    76年5月1日- 6月30日進行的「台灣地區中尺度實驗計劃」(TAMEX)動員中美雙方一千多位學者專家與技術人員﹐ 得以順利完成13次海陸空同時進行之密集觀測及十次P-3氣象飛機的飛行觀測任務。在此次觀測實驗進行期間,我方參與人員皆獲得初步認識﹐了解到裝備完善之氣象研究飛機在中尺度對流系統的科學研究及豪雨預報技術之發展上所扮演的重要角色。 為使TAMEX實驗計劃密集觀測結果能正確且廣泛地提供給中美雙方有關之研究人員﹐同時使中美雙方研究人員能竭盡所能於原訂科學目標之下有效使用資料並交換研究心得, P-3實驗室因此成立, 而此名被中尺度研究室沿用至今. 

    Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment was a 10-year long project carried out between 1983-1993. It was the first Taiwan-US collaborative experiment on heavy rainfall related to the Mei-Yu season. In May-June 1987, a large scale experiment was launched to collect valuable data. In addition to 10 aviation mission by NOAA’s WP-3D aircraft (also known as P3), 13 Intensive observations were carried out in parallel on land, at sea and in air. As this vast-scale collaboration involves more than a thousand experts/personnel from Taiwan and the US, a laboratory named after the P3 aircraft was established to facilitate this experiment. When the TAMEX experiment was over, P3 lab was officially re-named Mesoscale Research Lab, but its original name remains widely used to date. 

 WP-3D at Ryukyu US Kadena Navy Base, May 1987  Dropsonde operation (Dr. Andrew Watson and Prof. Ben Jou)


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