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Volume 23, issue 7
Ann. Geophys., 23, 2441–2448, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-23-2441-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 23, 2441–2448, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-23-2441-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  14 Oct 2005

14 Oct 2005

A study of tropical tropopause using MST radar

K. Satheesan*,1 and B. V. Krishna Murthy2 K. Satheesan and B. V. Krishna Murthy
  • 1Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India
  • 2B1,Ceebros,47/20,IIIrd Main Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020, India
  • *now at: Meteorology and Oceanography Group, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, 380015, India

Abstract. Using the MST radar data of vertical wind, the characteristics of the tropical tropopause, following four different definitions, depending on 1) temperature lapse rate, 2) cold point, 3) convective outflow and 4) potential temperature lapse rate minimum, are studied. From the vertical wind data of the radar, the altitude profiles of temperature and horizontal divergence are derived, from which the tropopause levels corresponding to i) the lapse rate ii) cold point iii) convective outflow level and iv) potential temperature lapse rate minimum are determined. The convective outflow level and hence the convective tropopause altitude is determined, for the first time using the MST radar data. The tropopause altitudes and temperatures obtained following the four definitions are compared on a day-to-day basis for the summer and winter seasons. Winter and summer differences in the tropopause altitude and temperature are also studied.

Keywords. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (convective process; middle atmosphere dynamics; tropical meteorology)

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