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On studying the structure of synoptic systems

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 1997

Huw C Davies
Affiliation:
Atmospheric Physics, ETH, Hönggerberg HPP, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
Heini Wernli
Affiliation:
Atmospheric Physics, ETH, Hönggerberg HPP, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
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Abstract

There are several extant techniques for diagnosing the dynamics and structure of synoptic-scale flow. The essence of three of these approaches (the Q-field diagnosis, Lagrangian airstreams and the PV-perspective) is outlined, and their relative characteristics illustrated by examining two synoptic cases. It is shown that the three approaches can independently reveal key features of the events, and that the views they offer are complementary.

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© 1997 Meteorological Society

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