The MT West Africa MTGV super site has been setting up in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Located at 12°3 North, 1°5 Ouest, the place is ideally situated compared to MT orbit (6 overpass /day zone) and the rainfall regime is reprentative of the Sahelian climate, with intensive MCS during the Monsoon season.
The Xport polarimetric radar hosted at the DGM (Direction Générale de la Météorologie, Burkina Faso) provide high resolution rainfield and the 3D structure of precipitations, to be compared with the MT-BRAIN product . More informations here.
More informations on the MT GV campaign during summer 2012 is available here .
Some members of the MTGV team in front of the The Burkina Faso National Weather Services (DGM). The Xport radar will be installed on the tower in february 2012.
Installation of the Xport radar on its tower at the DGM:
Below : Xport radar and complementary gages position in Ouagadougou; A network of 16 high resolution rain gages (including a 3 gages cluster) was deployed in the nearby for radar calibration/adjustement; the network will be operated together with the DGM technical team:
The Ouagadougou Super site couldn’t have been set up without the precious help of research and operational centers in Burkina Faso, in particular:
The National Center for Technical and Scientific research in Burkina Faso : CNRST http://www.cnrst.bf/
The University of Ouagadougou Univ Ouaga : http://www.univ-ouaga.bf , with research teams from the laboratoire de Matériaux et Environnement http://lame-phys.univ-ouaga.bf/ from the Physics department, and the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement (LPCE http://igedd.univ-ouaga.bf/lpce_presentation.htm) from the Environment Dpt
The National Weather Services (DGM) radar www.meteoburkina.bf are kindly hosting the Xport radar and providing valuable logistics and offices
And the Agence pour la Securité de la Navigation Aérienne (Asecna : http://www.asecna.aero/) will be hosting and helping us for the Radio Sounding Campaigns.