Vectors denote surface winds from dropsonde measurements over the west Antarctic. The colors represent the types of atmospheric boundary layers: green for stable boundary layer with surface temperature inversion, blue for stable boundary layer without surface inversion, red for neutrally stratified boundary layer, and black for convective boundary layer. Credit: Ganeshan and Yang, 2018, Figure 13a
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

Ganeshan and Yang [2018] use unique dropsonde measurements from a field campaign to reveal the structure of atmospheric boundary layer over the entire Antarctic. The authors found four types of atmospheric boundary layers: stable with temperature inversion, stable without temperature inversion, well-mixed neutral, and convective. They showed that a significant percentage of boundary layers are well mixed, especially over the west Antarctic where one third of the boundary layers are well mixed. Such information was not available before.

Citation: Ganeshan, M., & Yang, Y. [2018]. A regional analysis of factors affecting the Antarctic boundary layer during the Concordiasi campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123.

—Minghua Zhang, Editor-in-Chief, JGR: Atmospheres

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