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A note on boundary layer friction in baroclinic cyclones

Boutle, I. A., Beare, R. J., Belcher, S. E. and Plant, R. S. (2007) A note on boundary layer friction in baroclinic cyclones. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 133. pp. 2137-2141. ISSN 1477-870X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/qj.179


The interaction between extratropical cyclones and the underlying boundary layer has been a topic of recent discussion in papers by Adamson et al (2006) and Beare (2007). Their results emphasise different mechanisms through which the boundary layer dynamics may modify the growth of a baroclinic cyclone. By using different sea-surface temperature distributions and comparing the low-level winds, the differences are exposed and both of the proposed mechanisms appear to be acting within a single simulation.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:785
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ekman pumping, potential vorticity, friction velocity, baroclinic generation, cyclogenesis
Publisher:Royal Meteorological Society

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