The effect of wind shear on the trade wind layer and its clouds

Helfer, K. C. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


Low-level cumulus clouds cover large regions of the Earth especially over the sub-tropical oceans, i.e. the trade wind regions where shear is a prominent feature. Shallow cumulus convection plays an essential role in the Hadley cells and thus in the global atmospheric circulation. The effect of shear on clouds and convection has only been studied to some extent so far and most of the work focuses on the connection between shear and convective momentum transport with the largest focus on deep convection and only few studies concentrating on shallow convection. Here, we present the effect that shear has on shallow convection itself. The findings will pave the way to a better understanding of convective momentum transport.
Period9 Apr 2018
Event titleEGU General Assembly 2018
Event typeConference
LocationVienna, Austria
Degree of RecognitionInternational