Diabatic Influence on Mesoscale Structures in Extratropical Storms (DIAMET)
This collection of articles published in Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting collects the research results from the DIAMET field and research program in the United Kingdom (UK). DIAMET is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds, Manchester, and Reading, in conjunction with the UK Met Office, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and the National Centre for Earth Observation. The overarching theme of DIAMET is the role of diabatic processes in generating mesoscale potential vorticity (PV) and moisture anomalies in cyclonic storms, and the consequences of those anomalies for the weather we experience. Such mesoscale structures come in many forms. Some, such as cold-frontal rainbands, are relatively common, whereas others such as sting jets are rare, but of great scientific interest and potentially high impact. Our focus is on two key diabatic processes: latent heat changes due to condensation/evaporation or change of phase between water and ice; and the flux of latent and sensible heat from the ocean surface, particularly under high-wind conditions. The full preface can be read here.
David M. Schultz, Centre for Atmospheric Science, School for Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester
Geraint Vaughan, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and Centre for Atmospheric Science, School for Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester
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