Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Estimating the Water Budget of Extratropical Cyclones with the Precipitation Efficiency
by Cooley, Amanda, M.S., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2018, 61; 13850734
Abstract (Summary)

Estimating the water budget of three mid-latitude extratropical cyclones is attempted from the perspective of the precipitation efficiency (PE), using a method proposed for the study of convective columns. Using a lagrangian, system-relative volume centered on the surface low pressure, each cyclone was followed for most of its lifetime within a pre-defined volume (7 degrees latitude x 9 degrees longitude, or approximately 700 x 700 km). A comparison is then made of total atmospheric water vapor ingested to total moisture eliminated (as precipitation). We hypothesize that the PE increases with the intensity of the cyclone. This small sample confirms that idea, and thus encourages further study with this approach.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Market, Patrick
Commitee: Knapp, Benjamin, Lupo, Tony, Market, Patrick
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Natural Resources
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Natural Resource Management, Environmental science
Keywords: Atmospheric science, Precipation efficiency
Publication Number: 13850734
ISBN: 978-0-438-97793-8
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