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Development of a Front Identification Scheme for Compiling a Cold Front Climatology of the Mediterranean

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Department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
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Hellenic National Meteorological Service, 16777 Athens, Greece
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Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
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School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia
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Climate 2019, 7(11), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7110130
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 4 November 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 11 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate and Atmospheric Dynamics and Predictability)
The objective of this work is the development of an automated and objective identification scheme of cold fronts in order to produce a comprehensive climatology of Mediterranean cold fronts. The scheme is a modified version of The University of Melbourne Frontal Tracking Scheme (FTS), to take into account the particular characteristics of the Mediterranean fronts. We refer to this new scheme as MedFTS. Sensitivity tests were performed with a number of cold fronts in the Mediterranean using different threshold values of wind-related criteria in order to identify the optimum scheme configuration. This configuration was then applied to a 10-year period, and its skill was assessed against synoptic surface charts using statistic metrics. It was found that the scheme performs well with the dynamic criteria employed and can be successfully applied to cold front identification in the Mediterranean. View Full-Text
Keywords: cold fronts; climatology; Mediterranean; identification scheme; Frontal Tracking Scheme (FTS); MedFTS cold fronts; climatology; Mediterranean; identification scheme; Frontal Tracking Scheme (FTS); MedFTS
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Bitsa, E.; Flocas, H.; Kouroutzoglou, J.; Hatzaki, M.; Rudeva, I.; Simmonds, I. Development of a Front Identification Scheme for Compiling a Cold Front Climatology of the Mediterranean. Climate 2019, 7, 130.

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