1380 Characteristics of Deep Convections and Associated Environmental Conditions from Cloudsat over the South China Sea and Maritime Continent

Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Hall B (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Chian-Yi Liu, National Central Univ., Taoyuan, Taiwan; and G. R. Liu and T. H. Lin

Deep convection plays an important role in the global climate. It affects not only the balance of radiation and the hydrological cycle but also transports polluted particles, energy and moisture from the boundary layer to the upper atmosphere, which might link to the greenhouse effect. We conduct the analysis of CloudSat and ERA-Interim data from 2007 to 2016, to identify the deep convective systems (DCS) over the Maritime Continent (MC) and the South China Sea (SCS). The associated vertical structure, horizontal span, dynamic environmental factors, and spatial and temporal characteristics of deep convection were analyzed to seek the possible atmosphere dynamic controls of deep convection in the targeting regions.

The results show that more isolated convective systems formed at MC (0.74% incidence) with more packed and larger particles at the upper-convective core (CTH-H_10dBZ: 3.43km). There are more organized convections formed over SCS (0.88% incidence) with more dispersed and smaller particles at the upper-convective core (CTH-H_10dBZ: 3.77km). The system horizontal span and echo height difference, rising velocity and the upper-level divergence are all positively correlated, especially, the deep convective core is highly sensitive to the ascending motion and the upper-level divergence (10-16 km). The vertical wind shear (VWS) less than 20ms
-1 may increase the horizontal size of DCS, which is beneficial to the development of mesoscale systems. However, VWS over than 20ms-1 disperses the structure of the convective cloud, decreasing the occurrence frequency of the isolated system. Also, 10 km height is a critical threshold level, where the maximum vertical updraft velocity and the upper-level divergence.
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