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Setting the stage for a global science of atmospheric rivers

January 1, 2015

Atmospheric rivers are important mechanisms for transporting water vapor through the atmosphere outside the tropics. These long, narrow, transient corridors occur at low altitudes just ahead of the cold front in midlatitude cyclone systems. These rivers in the sky stitch together the components of the extratropical water cycle by providing large-scale horizontal water vapor transport.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Setting the stage for a global science of atmospheric rivers
DOI 10.1029/2015EO038675
Authors Michael D. Dettinger, F. Martin Ralph, David A. Lavers
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
Index ID 70201116
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Eastern Branch

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