Welcome to the University of California - Santa Cruz RICO webpage.

Here you'll find photos, a video or two, and notes from the December and January portions of the RICO field project.

Rain in Cumulus Over the Ocean, fondly known as RICO, was an NSF sponsored field project that took place during November 2004 through January 2005. The project was based out of Antigua and Barbuda, two small islands on the leeward side of the lesser Antilles. There were many groups involved with radar, 3 aircraft, ship and ground based sampling.


The main objectives of the RICO project involved the evaluation of preceipitation in shallow cumulus:

- What are the principal mechanisms determining rain formation in shallow cumuli?
- How does precipitation affect the structure of individual cumuli?
- To what extent does precipitation determine the aggregate structure of fields of cumuli?

UCSC - Cloud and Aerosol Laboratory Objectives include:

- Measurement of the cloud droplet spectrum with the new Phase Doppler Inferferometer
- Investigation of the production of large cloud droplets required to initiate precipitaiton in warm rain cumulus clouds
- Measurement of cloud droplet spacing with the PDI system
- Using droplet spacing data to evaluate the occurrence of droplet clustering and its potential effect on large droplet production

Photo Galleries:

December- Small sampling of photos from the December 2004 portion of the campaign.

January- Many photos from January 2005 showing all facets of the RICO-Antigua experience.

Student Flight- Special section with photos from only the RICO Student Flight on January 18th.



Video: more to come!

Video of C130 Takeoff

For those of you who were trapped in the Operations Center all day, those who never were at the C130 in the morning pre-flight, and those of you who didn't have the opportunity to come to RICO here is a short video of the C130 taking off at the V.C Bird International Airport on January 10, 2005.

If you'd like to download a copy of this video please feel free. You can either right click on the image and choose "save as" or you can click here: C130 Takeoff

The video was made with a simple handheld Pentax s40i digital camera.