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Climate 2018, 6(2), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli6020025

Study of Mesoscale Cloud System Oscillations Capable of Producing Convective Gravity Waves

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Laboratory of Meteorology, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, University Hill, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Received: 27 January 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 April 2018 / Published: 4 April 2018
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Mesoscale Convective cloud Systems (MCSs) are frequent in the greater area of the Mediterranean basin throughout the year. During their lifecycle, they can oscillate and produce vertically propagated, atmospheric gravity waves. This study is an effort to detect MCSs with oscillating behavior around the Mediterranean, capable of producing convectively driven gravity waves (CGWs). Furthermore, typical MCS characteristics were calculated to identify the dynamics and the profile of the convective areas which can generate CGWs. Areal changes of the convective cloud tops in 15-min time-steps during the whole lifecycle of the MCSs were calculated to define the MCS oscillations. It was concluded that the MCSs that develop during nighttime as well as in the cold season of the year seem to contribute significantly to CGW production. Topography and specific sea areas like the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea play a catalytic role in triggering MCSs, which seem to contribute to CGW generation. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesoscale convective systems; convective gravity waves; Mediterranean basin mesoscale convective systems; convective gravity waves; Mediterranean basin
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