Following moist intrusions into the Arctic using SHEBA observations in a Lagrangian perspective

Ali, Syed Mubashshir; Pithan, Felix (2020). Following moist intrusions into the Arctic using SHEBA observations in a Lagrangian perspective. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 146(732), pp. 3522-3533. Royal Meteorological Society 10.1002/qj.3859

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Warm and moist air masses are transported into the Arctic from lower latitudes throughout the year. Especially in winter, such moist intrusions can trigger cloud formation and surface warming. While a typical cloudy state of the Arctic winter boundary layer has been linked to the advection of moist air masses, direct observations of the transformation from moist mid‐latitude to dry Arctic air are lacking. Here, we have used observations from the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean(SHEBA) project to compile Eulerian observations along the trajectories of warm and cold air masses in a Lagrangian sense, showing the cooling and drying of air masses over sea ice and moistening over the open ocean. Air masses originating mostly over open water generate cloudy conditions over the observation site, whereas air masses originating over continents or sea ice generate radiatively clear conditions. We recommend using our case studies for modelling work and the method of linking expeditions to station soundings via back‐trajectories for future campaigns.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Impact
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Ali, Syed Mubashshir

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0035-9009

Publisher:

Royal Meteorological Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Hélène Christine Louise Barras

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2020 09:28

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2021 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/qj.3859

Uncontrolled Keywords:

air mass transformation, moist air intrusion, cloudy state, Arctic, Polar atmosphere, SHEBA

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144801

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144801

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