The goal of RIME is to better understand the meteorology of the
Ross Sea region. It
has been documented that Antarctica plays an important role in the
fluxes of mass, heat and momentum toward middle and low latitudes
on time scales ranging from the synoptic to seasonal and beyond.
Before it is possible to accurately assess the role of the
Antarctic on global climate, it is necessary to understand details
of the local meteorology.
The Ross Sea sector is viewed as representative of processes
and transports over the entire Antarctic continent.
An understanding of this critical area will be the first
step in understanding the interaction of Antarctic processes in
the global system.
The focus of RIME will be on time scales from
less than a day to on the order of a week.
It is thought that topographic forcing will be the key process
to be considered. Improved understanding of Antarctic dynamics
and heat balance on these time scales will enable correct representation
in models of all types. Modeling will be an important element of
the study. It is the
glue that binds all the elements below together, and links closely
with weather forecasting.