Special Issue "Atmospheric Rivers"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Climatology and Meteorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Allen White

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Interests: atmospheric rivers; orographic precipitation; ground-based remote sensing
Guest Editor
Dr. Kelly Mahoney

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Interests: extreme precipitation; numerical modeling; forecasting; flooding
Guest Editor
Dr. Gary Wick

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Interests: remote sensing of atmospheric and oceanic processes; air-sea-land interactions; scientific application of unmanned aircraft

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue (SI) aims to gather good-quality, timely research on atmospheric rivers (ARs) from a broad perspective, in order to inform on the current state-of-the-art in the field, and to identify the key groups working on ARs internationally. Apart from regular papers, local/regional studies of ARs and their hydrometeorological impacts, negative results (such as models performing poorly when compared with observations), short papers and discussions/position papers are welcomed. If in doubt about the suitability of the research for the SI, potential authors are invited to discuss the idea with the Guest Editor before preparing the paper.

We invite papers on the following topics:

  • Satellite-based AR observations and algorithms
  • Land-based AR observations and algorithms
  • Airborne observations of ARs
  • Validation/Verification of AR structure from NWP models, RCMs, and GCMs.
  • AR climatologies from local to global scale (observations, reanalysis, climate models).
  • AR forecast tools
  • Seasonality of ARs and AR impacts (precipitation, hydrology, biology, air chemistry, other)
  • Spatial variability of AR precipitation, at any scales
  • Inland penetration of ARs
  • Field campaign results
  • AR intensity (integrated vapor transport, AR intensity scale)
  • AR duration (mesoscale frontal waves, blocking patterns)
  • AR definition (build upon definition in AMS Glossary)
  • New observational concepts for ARs (GOES-R/S, other satellites, airborne, land-based)
  • Climate projections of ARs (impacts on AR structure, intensity, frequency, precipitation)
  • Case studies focused on AR dynamics and/or uncertainties.
  • Water vapor budgets in ARs
  • Tropical/extratropical interactions – role in generating ARs
  • AR phasing with ENSO, PDO, MJO, or other indices
  • AR precipitation impacts over land (microphysics including drop-size distribution, verification, comparison with observations/models)

Dr. Allen White
Dr. Kelly Mahoney
Dr. Gary Wick
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • atmospheric rivers
  • satellites
  • hydrometeorology
  • precipitation
  • NWP
  • climate change

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Research

Open AccessArticle Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers in Extreme Precipitation on the European Macaronesian Islands
Atmosphere 2018, 9(8), 325; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9080325
Received: 27 July 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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Abstract
The European Macaronesia Archipelagos (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands) are struck frequently by extreme precipitation events. Here we present a comprehensive assessment on the relationship between atmospheric rivers and extreme precipitation events in these three Atlantic Archipelagos. The relationship between the daily precipitation
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The European Macaronesia Archipelagos (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands) are struck frequently by extreme precipitation events. Here we present a comprehensive assessment on the relationship between atmospheric rivers and extreme precipitation events in these three Atlantic Archipelagos. The relationship between the daily precipitation from the various weather stations located in the different Macaronesia islands and the occurrence of atmospheric rivers (obtained from four different reanalyses datasets) are analysed. It is shown that the atmospheric rivers’ influence over extreme precipitation (above the 90th percentile) is higher in the Azores islands when compared to Madeira or Canary Islands. In Azores, for the most extreme precipitation days, the presence of atmospheric rivers is particularly significant (up to 50%), while for Madeira, the importance of the atmospheric rivers is reduced (between 30% and 40%). For the Canary Islands, the occurrence of atmospheric rivers on extreme precipitation is even lower. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atmospheric Rivers)
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