Weather Analysis and Forecasting: Applying Satellite Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis

Weather Analysis and Forecasting: Applying Satellite Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis

ISBN-10:
0126192626
ISBN-13:
9780126192629
Pub. Date:
06/16/2005
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
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Overview

Weather Analysis and Forecasting: Applying Satellite Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis

Weather Analysis and Forecasting is a practical guide to using potential vorticity fields and water vapor imagery from satellites to elucidate complex weather patterns and train meteorologists to improve operational forecasting. In particular, it details the use of the close relationship between satellite imagery and the potential vorticity fields in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. It shows how to interpret water vapor patterns in terms of dynamical processes in the atmosphere and their relation to diagnostics available from weather prediction models.

The book explores topics including: a dynamical view of synoptic development; the interpretation problem of satellite water vapor imagery; practical use of water vapor imagery and dynamical fields; significant water vapor imagery features associated with synoptic dynamical structures; and use of water vapor imagery for assessing NWP model behavior and improving forecasts. Applications are illustrated with color images based on real meteorological situations.

The book's step-by-step pedagogy makes this an essential training manual for forecasters in meteorological services worldwide, and a valuable text for graduate students in atmospheric physics and satellite meteorology.

• Shows how to analyze current satellite images for assessing weather models' behavior and improving forecasts
• Provides step-by-step pedagogy for understanding and interpreting meteorological processes
• Includes full-color throughout to highlight "real-world" models, patterns, and examples

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780126192629
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 06/16/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: Fundamentals
1. A dynamical view of synoptic development
2. The interpretation problem of satellite water vapor imagery

PART II: Practical use of water vapor imagery and dynamical fields
3. Significant water vapor imagery features associated with synoptic dynamical structures
4.Use of water vapor imagery for assessing NWP model behavior and improving forecasts

Appendices
A. Radiative transfer theory and some radiation effects for the WV channels of Meteosat, GOES, and MSG
B. Synthetic (pseudo) water vapor images
C. PV modification technique and PV inversion to correct the initial state of the numerical model
D. Glossary of acronyms

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