Objective mesoscale analyses in complex terrain: Application to foehn cases during MAP

Barbara Chimani, Reinhold Steinacker, Christian Häberli, Manfred Dorninger, Simon Tschannett

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A very dense surface network consisting of 38 stations was operated in the Rhine Valley and its tributaries during the MAP-SOP. The data was used to investigate foehn on the meso-scale. The "Vienna Enhanced Resolution Analysis" (VERA) is a model-independent analysis approach and was adapted to interpolate meteorological data in individual valleys. Minimizing different spatial derivatives as a cost function and taking the topography into account made it possible to get reasonably low level meteorological fields of pressure and potential temperature on a 2 km grid. The data of the surface stations used in the analyses were carefully quality-controlled. The examination of different foehn cases throughout the autumn of 1999 yields interesting and detailed features in the fields of pressure and potential temperature. Œ Gebrušder Borntraeger, Berlin, Stuttgart 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalMeteorologische Zeitschrift
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 1030 Physics, Astronomy

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