Journal article

Recent Advances in the Understanding of Near-Cloud Turbulence

Todd P Lane, Robert D Sharman, Stanley B Trier, Robert G Fovell, John K Williams

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | American Meteorological Society | Published : 2012


Anyone who has flown in a commercial aircraft is familiar with turbulence. Unexpected encounters with turbulence pose a safety risk to airline passengers and crew, can occasionally damage aircraft, and indirectly increase the cost of air travel. Deep convective clouds are one of the most important sources of turbulence. Cloud-induced turbulence can occur both within clouds and in the surrounding clear air. Turbulence associated with but outside of clouds is of particular concern because it is more difficult to discern using standard hazard identification technologies (e.g., satellite and radar) and thus is often the source of unexpected turbulence encounters. Although operational guidelines ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Todd Lane is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT0990892). This work was also supported in part from NASA CAN, ASAP and ROSES grants. We thank the editor (Tom Fahey), Rebecca Morss, Rachel Badlan, Muhammad Hassim, Dragana Zovko Rajak, and three anonymous reviewers for their comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.