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Year
2011

Citation

Ralph, F M, and Dettinger, M D, 2011, Storms, floods, and the science of atmospheric rivers: Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, v. 92, iss. 32.

Summary

Imagine a stream of water thousands of kilometers long and as wide as the distance between New York City and Washington, D. C., flowing toward you at 30 miles per hour. No, this is not some hypothetical physics problem—it is a real river, carrying more water than 7–15 Mississippi Rivers combined. But it is not on land. It's a river of water vapor in the atmosphere. Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are narrow corridors of water vapor transport in the lower atmosphere that traverse long swaths of the Earth's surface as they bind together the atmospheric water cycle (Figure 1). The characteristic (indeed defining) dimensions of these ARs are (1) integrated water vapor (IWV) concentrations such that if all the vapor in the atmospheric column were [...]

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Added to ScienceBase on Thu Apr 18 09:35:18 MDT 2013 by processing file <b>Geochemistry and Hydroclimatology of Streams and Estuaries.xml</b> in item <a href="https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216bae4b04b508bfd339d">https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216bae4b04b508bfd339d</a>

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.1029/2011EO320001

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