Dissecting Diabatic Heating Profiles from TWP-ICE

Courtney Schumacher Texas A&M University
Shaocheng Xie Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sally McFarlane U.S. Department of Energy

Category: Cloud Properties

Working Group: Cloud Life Cycle

Observations made during the Tropical Warm Pool-International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE), which took place in Darwin, Australia in early 2006, are used to estimate the latent, radiative, and sensible heating profiles associated with the convective systems that occurred during the active and break periods of the Australian monsoon. The heating components are further isolated by storm type (MCS, hector, etc.) and dominant radar echo type (shallow convective, deep convective, stratiform, and non-precipitating anvil), as well as over the land and ocean regions surrounding Darwin, to highlight heating profile variations associated with storm and environmental properties. The goal of this work is to have a more comprehensive understanding of the different components of total diabatic heating of tropical cloud systems and how they relate to one another.

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