The Variability of American Monsoon Systems (VAMOS) Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere- Land Study (VOCALS) is an international research program focused upon improved understanding and modeling of the southeast Pacific (SEP) climate system on diurnal to inter annual time scales. The SEP is characterized by strong coastal ocean upwelling, the coldest sea surface temperatures (SST) at comparable latitudes, the planet's most extensive subtropical stratocumulus deck, and a high and steep cordillera to the east. The VOCALS program is built on several research activities in SEP climate research (Mechoso and Wood 2010). The preceding Eastern Pacific Investigation of Climate Processes in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System (EPIC) provided important insight on the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ)/cold-tongue complex and marine boundary layer (MBL) clouds over the SEP.
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- Atmospheric Science