Articles | Volume 5, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1301–1310, 2005

Special issue: Data exploitation and modeling for the upper troposphere and...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1301–1310, 2005

  01 Jun 2005

01 Jun 2005

Analysis of water vapor LIDAR measurements during the MAP campaign: evidence of sub-structures of stratospheric intrusions

P. D'Aulerio1,2, F. Fierli1, F. Congeduti1, and G. Redaelli2 P. D'Aulerio et al.
  • 1Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR, Roma, Italy
  • 2Department of Physics, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Abstract. This paper presents two case studies of transport of dry air in the free troposphere measured by a ground based Raman LIDAR in the Northern-Italy, during the Mesoscale Alpine Programme (MAP). Two observations characterized by the presence of anomalously dry layers, below 6 km height, were analyzed using Lagrangian techniques. These events are related to upper-tropospheric, high Potential Vorticity (PV) streamers crossing the Alpine region. These are interpreted as small-scale features of stratospheric intrusions associated with the PV ridge during its phase of dissipation. One of the measurements also shows the presence of two distinct dehydrated structures associated with the same event. The water vapor concentration also suggests dilution processes of dry stratospheric air in the troposphere. Lagrangian simulations allowed to successfully reproduce the observed water vapor distribution and the air parcel histories confirmed the stratospheric origin of the dry layers.

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