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Wellington VAAC Operations during the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon Caulle event Marcel Roux Manager, Wellington VAAC Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.

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1 Wellington VAAC Operations during the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon Caulle event Marcel Roux Manager, Wellington VAAC Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd

2 Focus Areas Ash detection Data exchange, collaboration and co- ordination Confidence levels on the Volcanic Ash Graphic Image Source: rology-terms/volcanic-ash1.htm rology-terms/volcanic-ash1.htm

3 Ash Detection Satellite Imagery – Infra-red and visible – Sulphur Dioxide imagery – Laser-radar imagery – Darwin VAAC Image Source: edia_gallery.php edia_gallery.php

4 Ash Detection Pilot Reports of Ash or No Ash – Routine receipt across NZ and between Australia and NZ. – Reports grounding flight operations

5 Ceilometer and LIDAR CL31 – ceilometer on certain of MetService’s AWSs 2 CL viewing licences. – 17 locations around NZ. NIWA operated LIDAR, located in Lauder Images Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited 2012

6 Pilot Reports Evidence of ash and no ash in satellite imagery Conflicting Pilot Reports – NO ASH and ASH reports over similar flight routes. Image Source: argentina/

7 MTSAT Imagery MTSAT imagery courtesy Japan Meteorological Agency 11 June UTC

8 MODIS Imagery Ash

9 Data Exchange, collaboration and co-ordination Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Darwin VAAC Airways Corporation NZ Air New Zealand Flight Dispatch

10 Data Exchange, collaboration and co-ordination

11 Consistency

12 Possible VAG Confidence Levels Confidence in the position of lateral boundaries of ash cloud – High = Black – Medium = Blue – Low = Red Same technique could be used to assess confidence in the vertical extent

13 Confidence of Vertical Extent Objective confidence levels – IR Temp and Sounding vs Lidar, Radar and PIREP – Amount of consistent observations Image Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited 2012 Image Courtesy of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

14 Example of Confidence Technique

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16 Example Confidence Chart


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