A complete sea-breeze circulation cell derived from aircraft observations

Klara Finkele, Jörg M. Hacker, Helmut Kraus, Roland A.D. Byron-Scott

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Using an instrumented aircraft, a complete sea-breeze circulation cell was sampled from its offshore end to the sea-breeze front over land and up to a height of approximately 1000 m AMSL. Many of its typical features can be resolved in detail mainly by cross-sectional analysis. These are: the diverging onshore flow in the lower layers over the sea the convergence over land at the seabreeze front and the connected cross-frontal circulation, a distinct return flow in the upper layers, the propagation of the seaward end of the cell over water, as well as the propagation of the front over land, the baroclinicity as a driving mechanism of the cell and also budget and frontogenesis terms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-317
Number of pages19
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1995
Externally publishedYes


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