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The influence of DACCIWA radiosonde data on the quality of ECMWF analyses and forecasts over southern West Africa

van der Linden, Roderick; Knippertz, Peter; Fink, Andreas H.; Ingleby, Bruce; Maranan, Marlon; Benedetti, Angela

During the DACCIWA (Dynamics–Aerosol–Chemistry–Cloud Interactions in West Africa) field campaign ∼900 radiosondes were launched from 12 stations in southern West Africa from 15 June to 31 July 2016. Subsequently, data-denial experiments were conducted using the Integrated Forecasting System of the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to assess the radiosondes' impact on the quality of analyses and forecasts. As observational reference, satellite-based estimates of rainfall and outgoing long-wave radiation (OLR) as well as the radiosonde measurements themselves are used. With regard to the analyses, the additional observations show positive impacts onwinds throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere, while large lower-tropospheric cold and dry biases are hardly reduced. Nonetheless, downstream, that is farther inland from the radiosonde stations,we find a significant increase (decrease) in low-level night-time temperatures (monsoon winds) when incorporating the DACCIWA observations, suggesting a possible linkage via weaker cold air advection fromthe Gulf of Guinea. The associated lower relative humidity leads to reduced cloud cover in the DACCIWA analysis. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000117540
Veröffentlicht am 24.03.2020
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0035-9009, 1477-870X
KITopen-ID: 1000117540
HGF-Programm 12.01.02 (POF III, LK 01)
Proc.res.f.multisc.predictab.of weather
Erschienen in Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Band 146
Heft 729
Seiten 1719-1739
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 03.03.2020
Schlagwörter data-denial experiment, field campaign, radiosonde measurements, West African monsoon
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