A077:
Observations and Predictability of the Atmosphere over Complex Terrain





Session ID#: 23246

Session Description:
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, orographic 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 in the atmospheric boundary layer over mountainous terrain. We seek original contributions including theoretical, observational and modeling studies that are related to mountain meteorology. Topics of interest emerging from synergetic fields are also welcomed, including data assimilation, remote sensing, hydrology, air quality, fog formation, agriculture/viticulture, fire weather, urban canopies in complex terrain, and snow transport.

Primary Convener:  Daniel Nadeau, Laval University, Civil and Water Engineering, Quebec City, QC, Canada; Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada
Conveners:  Holly J Oldroyd, University of California Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Davis, CA, United States, Eric Pardyjak, University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering, Salt Lake City, UT, United States and Natalie S Wagenbrenner, Rocky Mountain Research Station Missoula, Missoula, MT, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • C - Cryosphere
  • H - Hydrology
Index Terms:

3307 Boundary layer processes [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
3322 Land/atmosphere interactions [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
3329 Mesoscale meteorology [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
3379 Turbulence [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Xia Sun1, Heather Holmes2 and Cesunica Elizabeth Ivey2, (1)University of Nevada Reno, Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Physics, Reno, NV, United States, (2)University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, United States
Pleun Bonekamp1, Sarah Emily Collier2 and Walter W. Immerzeel1, (1)Utrecht University, Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht, Netherlands, (2)Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Climate System Research Group, Institute of Geography, Erlangen, Germany
Ivana Stiperski, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria and Marc Calaf, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Holly J Oldroyd, University of California Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Davis, CA, United States, Eric Pardyjak, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, Chad W Higgins, Oregon State University, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Corvallis, OR, United States and Marc B Parlange, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Pierre-Erik Isabelle1, Daniel Nadeau1, Annie-Claude Parent1, Alain N Rousseau2, Sylvain Jutras3 and Francois Anctil1, (1)Laval University, Civil and Water Engineering, Quebec City, QC, Canada, (2)Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Eau Terre Environnement INRS-ETE, Quebec City, QC, Canada, (3)Laval University, Wood and Forest Science, Quebec City, QC, Canada
Ulrike Romatschke, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States and Vanda Grubišić, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth Observing Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States
Joseph Olson1, Jaymes Kenyon2, John M Brown3, Wayne M Angevine4, Melinda Marquis5, Yelena L Pichugina6, Aditya Choukulkar7, Timothy Bonin8, Robert M Banta1, Laura Bianco9, Irina Djalalova2, Katherine McCaffrey2, James M Wilczak5, Kathleen O Lantz5, Charles N. Long9, Stephanie Redfern10, James R McCaa11, Mark Stoelinga12, Eric Grimit13, Joel Cline14, William J Shaw15, Julie K Lundquist16, Katherine A Lundquist17, Branko Kosovic18, Larry K Berg19, Veerabhadra Rao Kotamarthi20, Justin Sharp21 and Pedro Jiménez22, (1)NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States, (3)NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)CIRES, Boulder, CO, United States, (5)NOAA, Boulder, CO, United States, (6)Colorado University/NOAA/ESRL, Boulder, CO, United States, (7)CIRES/NOAA ESRL, Boulder, CO, United States, (8)University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK, United States, (9)Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, (10)Boulder, CO, United States, (11)3TIER, Vaisala, Seattle, WA, United States, (12)3TIER Environmental Forecast Group, Seattle, WA, United States, (13)Vaisala Inc, Seattle, WA, United States, (14)Department of Energy Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, (15)Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, United States, (16)National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Golden, CO, United States, (17)Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States, (18)National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States, (19)PNNL / Climate Physics, Richland, WA, United States, (20)Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, United States, (21)Sharply Focused, Portland, OR, United States, (22)National Center for Atmospheric Research, Research Applications Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States
Kelsey Everard, University of British Columbia, Civil Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Marco Giovanni Giometto, Stanford University, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford, CA, United States, Andreas Christen, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Environmental Meteorology, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg, Germany, Holly J Oldroyd, University of California Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Davis, CA, United States and Marc B Parlange, Monash University, Department of Civil Engineering, Melbourne, Australia
Michael D. Toy, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, Joseph Olson, NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, Jaymes Kenyon, NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States, Tatiana G Smirnova, NOAA Earth System research Laboratory / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States and John M Brown, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, United States
Weihua Yuan1, Rucong Yu2, Haoming Chen2 and Wei Sun1, (1)LASG, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, (2)Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
Natalie S Wagenbrenner1, Jason Forthofer1, Chris Gibson2 and Brian K Lamb3, (1)Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, MT, United States, (2)National Weather Service, Missoula, United States, (3)Washington State University, Pullman, WA, United States
Shannon R. Davis1, J. Thomas Farrar2, Robert A Weller3, Houshuo Jiang2 and Lawrence J Pratt2, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (2)WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (3)WHOI, Monument Beach, MA, United States
Chaoxun Hang1, Daniel Nadeau2, Eric Pardyjak3 and Marc B Parlange1, (1)Monash University, Department of Civil Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, (2)Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada, (3)University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Jason C. Knievel and William Y Y Cheng, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Silvana María López, Medellín, Colombia and Carlos David Hoyos Ortiz, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellín, Departamento de Geociencias y Medio Ambiente / Geoscience and Environment Department, Medellín, Colombia
David Melecio-Vazquez1,2, Prathap Ramamurthy1,2, Mark Arend3,4, Fred Moshary2,3 and Jorge Gonzalez1,2, (1)CUNY City College of New York, Mechanical Engineering, New York, NY, United States, (2)CUNY-NOAA CREST, New York, NY, United States, (3)CUNY City College of New York, Electrical Engineering, New York, NY, United States, (4)NOAA-CREST, New York, NY, United States
Branko Kosovic1, Pedro Angel Jimenez1, Sue Ellen Haupt1, Alberto Martilli2, Joseph Olson3 and Jian-Wen Bao4, (1)National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)Ciemat, Madrid, Spain, (3)NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)NOAA Boulder, ESRL/PSD, Boulder, CO, United States
Maria Eugenia Frediani and Roland Stull, University of British Columbia, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Katherine Ann Lundquist1, Jeffery D Mirocha1, Robert Arthur1, Jingyi Bao2, Fotini K Chow3 and David John Wiersema1,4, (1)Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States, (2)University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States, (3)UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, (4)Civil & Environ. Engineering, Berkeley, CA, United States