Accession Number : ADA119331

Title :   Single-Station Assessments of the Synoptic-Scale Forcing on the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Gleason,John Patrick

PDF Url : ADA119331

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : Knowledge of the large-scale vertical velocity is required to predict the evolution of the atmospheric planetary boundary layer (APBL). Since naval operations are often conducted in data sparse regions, single-station assessments of the vertical velocity are necessary. Data to evaluate such assessments were obtained from rawinsondes taken at San Nicolas Island, California. Vertical velocity estimates obtained by vertical integration of the moisture budget equation (Q-method) and by the adiabatic method were used to initialize an APBL 24-hour prediction model. RMS error statistics on predicted inversion height, potential temperature, and specific humidity were computed for the forecasts and compared to the RMS errors of a persistence forecast. Calculation of the vertical velocity by the Q-method showed the most promise. However, no single-station assessment method improved on the persistence forecasts. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Marine meteorology, *Weather forecasting, North Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara Islands, Troposphere, Boundary layer, Evolution(General), Mathematical prediction, Wind velocity, Vertical orientation, Kinematics, Adiabatic conditions, Moisture, Theses

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE