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SCSMEX: The South China Sea Monsoon Experiment



The South China Sea Monsoon Experiment (SCSMEX) was an international experiment designed to understand the key physical processes for the onset, maintenance and variability of the Southeast Asian monsoon. The field phase of SCSMEX was held from 1 May to 30 June 1998, during which two Intensive Observing Periods (IOPs) were conducted. During these IOPs, extensive meteorological and oceanographic observations were taken over the South China Sea. An integral part of observational network during the IOPs included: two research vessels (Shiyan 3 located near 20N, 117E and Kexue 1 near 6N, 110E), which took high resolution vertical soundings of the atmosphere and detailed surface measurements, and a network of two Doppler radars in the northern South China Sea. 

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Datasets from this project

Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1998-05-01 00:00:00
End Date 1998-06-30 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 20.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 6.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: 110.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: 117.00