Articles | Volume 14, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11287–11295, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-11287-2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11287–11295, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-11287-2014

Research article 27 Oct 2014

Research article | 27 Oct 2014

An important mechanism sustaining the atmospheric "water tower" over the Tibetan Plateau

X. Xu et al.

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The Tibetan Plateau (TP) with its thermal structure leads to dynamic processes of vapor transport, similar to the CISK mechanism of tropical cyclones. Two CISK-like processes, contiguous horizontally but staggered vertically, in two ladders over the southern slopes and main platform of the TP relay the moist air over the TP. An integration of mechanical and thermal TP forcing is revealed in relation to the Asian summer monsoon circulation transporting water vapor from tropical oceans to the TP.
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