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High Resolution Moisture Measurements Using Raman Lidar
Author(s): S H Melfi; D Whiteman; R Ferrare
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Paper Abstract

High resolution moisture profiles have been shown to be good indicators of dynamic structures in the atmosphere such as fronts. Since the fundamental work of the Norwegian school of meteorology in the early 1900's, it has been recognized that knowledge of the motion of cyclones and their associated cold and warm fronts can have significant impact on the forecast of midlatitude weather. Fronts, by their very nature, are characterized by discontinuities in a number of atmosphere parameters. Generally, there are abrupt changes in atmospheric temperature, moisture, and wind, both magnitude and direction, on either side of a front. The study of fronts is difficult because they don't exist just at the Earth's surface but have a complicated sloping structure aloft. Frequently, frontal surfaces can be observed to extend from the Earth's surface through much of the troposphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 1988
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0889, Airborne and Spaceborne Lasers for Terrestrial Geophysical Sensing, (12 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944241
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S H Melfi, Univerity of Maryland (United States)
D Whiteman, Univerity of Maryland (United States)
R Ferrare, Univerity of Maryland (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0889:
Airborne and Spaceborne Lasers for Terrestrial Geophysical Sensing
Frank Allario, Editor(s)

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