Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Carbon Cycle Influence on Tornadoes
by Stanford, Sophia G., Ph.D., Capitol Technology University, 2020, 143; 28156129
Abstract (Summary)

The study of tornadogenesis inside the planetary boundary layer has become a primary focus of tornado studies in the past few years given the unpredictability of turbulence and many questions in this region still left unresolved. Given this limitation in computational fluid dynamics, the demand to work around it is paramount to understanding the role of the carbon cycle input to surface air properties and to create greater severe storm warning accuracy. The Bluewater simulations brought a new perspective to tornadogenesis, greatly opening the study potential into the surface properties that interact to generate such an awesome phenomenon of force. Plant photosynthesis contributes significant energy into the atmosphere. C3 and C4 plant types display a distinct regulation of tornadic potential as the variation of U.S. seasonal shifts and land cover types display unique relations to both photosynthesis processes and tornadic formation. The discovery of photosynthesis as a significant contributor to surface storm potential and overall tornadic regulation can help define patterns that not only help predict, but also may help future researchers in climatology and engineering to investigate ways to nullify conditions leading to such destructive forces approaching population centers. More important, these new research methods may help overall understanding of surface air motion in a way that is enhanced by emerging GIS and remote sensing technologies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McAndrew, Ian R.
Commitee: Bassi, Joseph P.
School: Capitol Technology University
Department: Technology (PhD)
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-B 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Meteorology, Environmental science, Remote sensing, Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Planetology, Information Technology
Keywords: Land cover, Land-surface temperature, Net ecosystem exchange, Photosynthesis, Tornadoes, Carbon cycle, Planetary boundary layer, Turbulence, Severe storm warning, Tornadic potention, Climatology
Publication Number: 28156129
ISBN: 9798698500476
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