The influence of soil moisture on (convective) precipitation in the Eastern Alpine region

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The presenters show the effects of soil moisture on future convective developments for the eastern parts of Austria.

Length: 30 minutes.


Soil moisture is supposed to be a key parameter in triggering convection as it influences the lower boundary conditions of the atmosphere and the partitioning of energy between sensible and latent heat fluxes. Using the convection-permitting numerical weather prediction model AROME, we try to quantify this impact by investigating sensitivity studies, hence estimating the potential of satellite-based soil moisture measurements to improve the forecast of convective events.

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