Articles | Volume 18, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15975–16003, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15975-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15975–16003, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15975-2018

Research article 07 Nov 2018

Research article | 07 Nov 2018

On the role of thermal expansion and compression in large-scale atmospheric energy and mass transports

Melville E. Nicholls and Roger A. Pielke Sr.

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AR by Mel Nicholls on behalf of the Authors (26 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Sep 2018) by Heini Wernli
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Sep 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (17 Sep 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (17 Sep 2018) by Heini Wernli
AR by Mel Nicholls on behalf of the Authors (27 Sep 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (05 Oct 2018) by Heini Wernli
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The current understanding of atmospheric energy and mass transports is that the general circulation moves energy and mass from place to place in a relatively slow manner at the speed of the winds. This study challenges this view and provides evidence that considerable transfer can occur at the speed of sound. This transport mechanism is probably not adequately represented in current global models, which potentially could be a source of error that has yet to be evaluated.
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