Local Iand-atmosphere interaction: Will clouds form?

Seminar by Dr. Michael EK from National Center for Atmospheric Research

08 November 2023
KST 10:30 – 11:30

The Seminar is being held in Room 1010 (Jasmin) – Integrated mechanical engineering building. Click here for the campus map.

Local land-atmosphere coupling involves interactions between the land-surface and the overlying atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), and in turn with the free atmosphere above. Initiation of fair-weather cumulus requires an increase in relative humidity at the ABL top which depends on a number of processes, some opposing each other. Those processes include the evolution of surface fluxes, sub-surface heat and moisture transport, and surface-layer turbulence, as well as boundary-layer evolution, and warm- and dry-air entrainment into the ABL from the free atmosphere above. Following an analytical development, we use modeling and observational data sets to examine this question.