Tropospheric rivers? – A pilot study
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1992 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 19, Issue 24, pages 2401–2404, 24 December1992
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 OCT 1992
- Manuscript Received: 20 JUL 1992
Computations of daily global tropospheric water vapor flux values show the presence of a filamentary structure. The filaments, here called rivers, have lengths many times their widths and persist for many days while being translated through the atmosphere. They are present in data analysed for both 1984 and 1991. The water vapor flux maxima coincide quite closely to reflectivity features (averaged from wavelengths of 380 and 360 nm) as revealed by the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS). It is suggested that the filamentary structure may also be present in other trace constituents.