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Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 371-384, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-371-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 371-384, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-371-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 22 Apr 2016

Research article | 22 Apr 2016

Atmospheric rivers moisture sources from a Lagrangian perspective

Alexandre M. Ramos et al.
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An atmospheric river (AR) detection algorithm is used for the North Atlantic Ocean basin, allowing the identification of the major ARs that affected western European coasts between 1979 and 2014. A Lagrangian analysis was then applied in order to identify the main sources of moisture of the ARs that reach western European coasts. Results confirm not only the advection of moisture linked to ARs from subtropical ocean areas but also the existence of a tropical one.
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