Journal article

The Role of Cold Pools in Tropical Oceanic Convective Systems

Leah D Grant, Todd P Lane, Susan C van den Heever

Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences | American Meteorological Society | Published : 2018


The processes governing organized tropical convective systems are not completely understood, despite their important influences on the tropical atmosphere and global circulation. In particular, cold pools are known to influence the structure and maintenance of midlatitude systems via Rotunno-Klemp-Weisman (RKW) theory, but cold pools may interact differently with tropical convection because of differences in cold pool strength and environmental shear. In this study, the role of cold pools in organized oceanic tropical convective systems is investigated, including their influence on system intensity, mesoscale structure, and propagation. To accomplish this goal, high-resolution idealized simu..

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Awarded by Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide program

Awarded by Australian Research Council's Centres of Excellence Scheme

Awarded by Office of Naval Research

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding support for L. D. Grant was provided by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide program under Grant DGE-1321845. T. P. Lane was supported by the Australian Research Council's Centres of Excellence Scheme (CE170100023). S. C. van den Heever was supported by the Office of Naval Research (Grant N000141613093). High-performance computing resources were provided by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility in Canberra, Australia, and the Yellowstone supercomputer (ark:/85065/d7wd3xhc), provided by NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. We thank Mitch Moncrieff for his insightful discussions and suggestions. CAPE and CIN calculations were evaluated using George Bryan's code. The comments from Stefan Tulich, two anonymous reviewers, and Matthew Parker improved the clarity and context of the manuscript and are appreciated.