Ferranti, E. J. S. and Whyatt, James Duncan and Timmis, Roger James (2009) Development and application of topographic descriptors for conditional analysis of rainfall. Atmospheric Science Letters, 10 (3). pp. 177-184. ISSN 1530-261X
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Upland rainfall is changing but regional climate models (RCMs) are poor at simulating observed precipitation in such areas of complex topography. This paper presents a method of examining observed rainfall patterns and processes under different conditions of synoptic meteorology and local topography. Objective topographic descriptors are defined and used to distinguish the modification of rainfall by local topography from that due to different synoptic conditions and climate change. A case study examining winter rainfall in Cumbria is presented. The conditional analysis method can be used to test RCM outputs so that model parameterisation can be improved.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Atmospheric Science Letters|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||GIS • rainshadow • uplands • Cumbria • climate change|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre|
|Deposited By:||Dr Duncan Whyatt|
|Deposited On:||25 Aug 2009 16:57|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2016 01:10|
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