Task and Support Teams
of the field programme is carried out through the establishment of Task
teams (TT) and
Support teams (ST).
The TTs responsiblities
- to design an
observational strategy for a given subset of scales/variables of interest,
as identified to be needed to reach the scientific objectives of the present
International Science Plan;
- to monitor and
have final responsibility for deployment of relevant instrumentation.
this involves :
- to take into
account the modelling and diagnostic studies in the development of the observation
- to include other
available observing platforms such as satellite data in the development of
the observation strategy
- to update the
overall observational strategy defined in the International Science Plan,
taking into account operational needs and practical issues concerned with
- to contribute
to the development and writing of the International Implementation Plan (IIP)
- to monitor and
inform the ISSC of problems in a timely manner.
The actions of
The TTs are composed
of the PIs of the instruments planned to be deployed in the framework of the
space/time scale covered by the TT. They consequently managed all the strategic,
technical and operational issues related to these instruments.
Each TT wrote a TT
document; the compilation of these TT documents constitute the backbone of the
They must set priorities in the deployment, adjust it in real time to the availability
of funds and identify the associated logistical requirements.
They also have a key role in establishing and strengthening the collaboration
between African and European/American scientists.
The work of the task
teams is coordinated by an International Coordination and Implementation
Group (ICIG), coordinated by T. Lebel and D. Parker.
The work of each
task team is organised by a core group which designates a leader and, possibly,
co-chairs, to coordinate the team.
Membership of the core group is examined and approved by the ISSC.
The task teams work in close collaboration with the scientific working groups
in order to be sure to satisfy the AMMA scientific strategy and they report
to the ISSC.
The lifetime of the task teams is defined by the time scale covered, taking
into account the time needed to deliver in proper state so as to be used by
the scientific WGs.
of Task teams
The designation of
TTs proceeds from a logical observation strategy, i.e. the space/time scale
approach of AMMA, covering all the AMMA observations:
- TT1 EOP Soundings
of the Atmosphere : A. Fink, S. Janicot + Core group already in action (TT1
- TT2a Surface
layer Observations :C. Lloyd, C. Taylor + Core group partly designated
- TT2b Aerosol
and associated radiation measurements : B. Marticorena, Francesco Cairo (TT2b
- TT3 EOP Gourma
integrative studies : E. Mougin, J. Seghieri, Lassine Diara (TT3
- TT4 EOP Niamey
integrative studies : B. Cappelaere, L. Descroix, + Core group (TT4
- TT5 EOP Ouémé
integrative studies : C. Peugeot, S. Galle, C. Liousse (TT5
- TT6 EOP oceanic
campaigns : B. Bourles, B. Molinari (TT6 site)
- TT7 SOP-Dry season
: J. Haywood, J. Pelon (TT7 site)
- TT8 SOP-Monsoon
: D. Parker, C. Flamant, C. Mari, A. Protat, C. Reeves (TT8
- TT9 SOP-Downstream
: F. Roux, xx (TT9 site)
Their mission is
- to act in support
- to look in more
detail into operational matters and funding issues related to these "transverse"
- to propose scheme
of operations to be agreed upon by TTs leaders and to be submitted to the
ISSC to verify that these schemes respect the integrity of AMMA.
List of support
- ST1 EOP site
documentation and long term monitoring:: T. Lebel, E. Mougin
- ST2 SOP Operations:
N. Raynal, A. Diedhiou, T. El Fahem
- ST3 Data Base:
L. Eymard, M. Hoepffner, S. Williams, C. Reeves
- ST4 Training
and capacity building: Cheikh Kane