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BOMEX: Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological EXperiment


The Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological EXperiment (BOMEX) was conducted from 1 May to 28 July 1969 as a joint project of seven US departments and agencies with the cooperation of Barbados. Its primary objective was to measure the rate of exchange of the properties of heat, moisture, and momentum between the tropical ocean and atmosphere over a 500 km square domain in a trade wind regime.

Data collection during BOMEX by ship, buoys, aircraft, radionsonde balloons and satellites was concentrated in four periods of two to three weeks each. During the first three periods (3-15 May, 24 May - 10 June, 19 June - 2 July) observations were concentrated in 500 km x 500 km square east of Barbados. During the fourth period (11-28 July) the ships and aircraft were employed in a more flexible manner to explore the structure of convective systems in the ITCZ and adjacent trades over the western Atlantic.

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1969-05-01 00:00:00
End Date 1969-07-28 23:59:00

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 18.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 7.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -60.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -52.00