Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4593–4604, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4593-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4593–4604, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4593-2016

Research article 13 Apr 2016

Research article | 13 Apr 2016

Exploring atmospheric blocking with GPS radio occultation observations

Lukas Brunner et al.

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Atmospheric blocking refers to persistent high-pressure systems which block the climatological flow at midlatitudes. We explore blocking with observations from GPS radio occultation (RO), a satellite-based remote-sensing system. Using two example cases, we find that RO data robustly capture blocking, highlighting the potential of RO observations to complement models and reanalysis as a basis for blocking research.
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