Session 11.5 Cold-air pool detection tools in the Pyrenees valleys

Thursday, 2 September 2010: 9:00 AM
Alpine Ballroom A (Resort at Squaw Creek)
Josep Ramon Miró, Meteorological Service of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, Spain; and M. Pagès and M. Koßmann

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The aim of this study is to classify the different valleys within the Pyrenees using different methods which will be later combined in order to obtain the most likely areas where cold-air pools (CAP) events can be observed.

Since the mountain range has a high number of valleys, the Segre river valley (Catalonia, Spain) was the first one chosen to carry out the study. Its classification derived through several techniques is presented here. Firstly, field observations from AWS have been used for statistical analysis based on regression, cluster and Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOF). Secondly, the effects of nocturnal down-valley flows have been studied in more detail using a drainage wind model (KLAM_21 operated by the Deutscher Wetterdienst) as well as evaluations of the Topographical Amplification Factor (TAF).

Finally, from the combination of all techniques (Lundquist and Pepin) an idea about the cold air behavior has been elaborated in relation to the CAP events within the Segre river valley.

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