Mountainous terrain is complex given the variety of slope angles and orientations, surface types, valley widths and curvatures. Atmospheric circulations over this intricate geometry arise from synoptic and/or thermally-driven pressure gradients, resulting in inherently complex motions with a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Although recent years have seen sustained efforts to improve the predictability of flows over complex terrain, several scientific questions remain unsolved.
This session focuses on microscale and mesoscale atmospheric phenomena taking place in the atmospheric boundary layer over mountainous terrain. We seek original contributions spanning from theoretical, observational and modeling studies that are related to mountain meteorology. Topics of interest emerging from synergetic fields are also welcomed, including data assimilation, wind energy, hydrology, air quality, fog formation, fire weather, and snow transport.
Primary Conveners: Eric Pardyjak, University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Conveners: Daniel Nadeau, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada, Harindra Joseph Fernando, University of Notre Dame, Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Notre Dame, IN, United States and Joshua Hacker, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Chairs: Eric Pardyjak, University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering, Salt Lake City, UT, United States and Daniel Nadeau, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada
OSPA Liaisons: Daniel Nadeau, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada