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The moist boundary layer under a mid-latitude weather system

Boutle, I., Beare, R.J., Belcher, S. E., Brown, A.R. and Plant, R. S. ORCID: (2010) The moist boundary layer under a mid-latitude weather system. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 134 (3). pp. 367-386. ISSN 0006-8314

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10546-009-9452-9


Mid-latitude weather systems are key contributors to the transport of atmospheric water vapour, but less is known about the role of the boundary layer in this transport. We expand a conceptual model of dry boundary-layer structure under synoptic systems to include moist processes, using idealised simulations of cyclone waves to investigate the three-way interaction between the boundary layer, atmospheric moisture and large-scale dynamics. Forced by large-scale thermal advection, boundary-layer structures develop over large areas, analogous to the daytime convective boundary layer, the nocturnal stable boundary layer and transitional regimes between these extremes.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:1652
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cyclone waves · Moisture cycle · Synoptically-forced boundary layer
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